No matter how hard I try, I’ll never be able to please everybody. My ideas, beliefs, and faith are my own, my choices are mine all mine, and I have strong independence and passion running through these veins; all things that I’m growing attached to more and more, and disliking the pressure to change any of them.
Here’s the funny thing about change.
The more you grow, the more you succeed, the more you’re provided for, the more you’re happy, the more you’re win, the richer you get, the more people will criticize, envy, gossip about, and glare at you over. They’ll try to hold you back, slow you down, and help you fail. They’ll try to tell you that your happiness isn’t real, that your provision is temporary, that your success likely came from some evil doing that you’re not bragging about. As Taylor Swift put it, “people throw glass at things that shine.”.
Here’s the best thing about change.
You have choices. You can choose to let people treat you that way, or you can not. You can hush up, or sing louder; write bolder. You can get bitter and angry and play their games right back, or you can polish yourself up and get your shine on brighter. You can’t control how people will treat you, but you have a choice on the amount of time they spend in your life because of their decisions. Nobody is perfect, but if you are on a path laid out by the rest of the world’s expectations, where the heck do you expect to get?
I’m not writing this blog any reason but for a self reminder that, oh hey!, I don’t have to care that your envy and misery is over-boil that you’re spilling on me. I get to keep loving you, forgiving you, and moving on my shiny way. And when I set my mind to it, I’m pretty darn good at all three.
“You are always a valuable, worthwhile human being — not because anybody says so, not because you’re successful, not because you make a lot of money — but because you decide to believe it and for no other reason.”
“Live on purpose, live with purpose, and with constant, loving attention to that purpose. You can make life good in your own way no matter what.”
“It’s your obligation to share whatever you can spare, instantly and with no expectations: once the gift leaves your hand, it was never yours to begin with.”
“We can love and care for others but we cannot possess our children, lovers, family or friends. We can assist them, pray for them and wish them well, yet in the end their happiness and suffering depend on their thoughts and actions, not on our wishes.”