The world is pretty brutal out there. We’re reminded how to act, how to look, what to wear, what to eat, how to be. And you will find that lots of people have lots of opinions – that run the gamut – about you.
So what do you do about those opinions?
Do you ingest them, make them your own, and try your best to live up to the expectations of others? Do you brush them off, toss them aside, and figure you’ve got this whole thing figured out? Or do you make them part of the fabric of who you are – so much so that you always feel like you have to take on the appearance of a chameleon and change who you are to fit your circumstances?
I’ll tell you this – you’re better off as you.
Who you were made to be – uniquely you. Just as you were designed both inside and out. And sometimes, learning to be comfortable in your own skin is a journey, an adventure, and in some instances, a challenge. And you’re better off ignoring those opinions that do not challenge you and inspire you to pursue the very best for your life without changing the very fabric of who you are as a person.
But I would encourage you not to wait your whole life to figure that out. Do not spend so much of your time changing who you want to be that you forget who you really are. Because in the interim, you are missing out on someone who’s pretty awesome. Someone who was destined for this moment on this day in this life.
Someone who matters.
I shared the following in another space, but it resonated with me so much that I wanted to share it here also.
You have two choices in life – you can always look towards tomorrow – hoping, praying for something different – or you can embrace this moment in time and take action on the things you want to change.
Could I lose weight or change other aspects of my appearance? Sure. Will that happen today? Probably not. Will I be a completely new person tomorrow? Nope. But I can choose to embrace the best me RIGHT NOW and dress her fabulously. Never let the world (or anyone else for that matter) tell you what you should be doing with your life.
Life is too short to waste your energy on the opinions of people who do not find you utterly awesome just as you are.