Today I am thankful that I have learned to choose my own path.
I was thinking about how often in the past I allowed others to manipulate me into doing something I didn’t really want to do, or being somebody I really wasn’t. Whether it was spouses, coworkers, friends or family, I used to be a people pleaser, and I didn’t the enough inner strength or self-confidence to to ignore them or just say no. The thing is that it never made me very happy, the little voice inside always reminded me that I wasn’t being true to myself. Sadly, people who are good at manipulating others, rarely have their best interests at heart.
I am older now, and stronger. I realize that I don’t have to put up with harassment, and I don’t have to sacrifice myself to please others; what I am is good enough. If it’s not good enough for them, they don’t have a purpose or a place in my life.
Each of us is a unique creation, with a unique path to follow, and unique purpose. We can’t be who we were intended to be If we listen to everyone else and let them direct our course. I may be a little different than most people, I like things that others don’t, and I don’t enjoy some things that others do. I no longer make apologies for that. I am who I am and I am OK with that.
I have found that being true to myself is very freeing. I do listen to advice from people I respect, and I do learn from watching others; but ultimately, I will decide what is right for me. I am the only one that really knows who I am meant to be, and what my journey is about. Most importantly, I have learned at last to love me, imperfections and all. I am not inferior or superior to anyone else, and I don’t want to ever be made to feel that way again.
Think your own thoughts, listen to your own heart, speak with your own voice… the world needs you!