We spend most of our lives working.
Working in our jobs.
Working on hobbies.
Working on relationships.
Working on self-development.
Working to enjoy our lives.
Most of what we do from day to day is put effort towards some end.
Yet, often, we feel unsatisfied with this work.
We’re not fulfilled.
We might feel empty.
Asking, “is this it?”
Wondering, “what’s next?”
It’s not uncommon for us to feel this way.
Is it possible that it’s because we’re not truly doing this work for ourselves?
That we’re doing this work for others?
Trying to live up to some standard they’ve set for us?
Or that we think they’ve set for us?
Working for their approval?
For their validation?
All of that blood, sweat, and tears for everybody but ourselves?
For our longing to fit in?
Our fear of being judged?
Avoiding the discomfort of not fitting the mold?
Letting our unique light shine?
You’ll always be judged.
There’ll always be critics.
You’ll never please everybody.
Even if you did, what kind of life would that be?
Working ceaselessly for external validation?
Validation that will never satisfy?
Don’t live to impress others.
Live to impress yourself.
Ask yourself, who do you want to be?
What kind of life do you want to live?
How can you make that happen?
Then get to work.
Do what you can.
As you are.
You are worthy.
You’ve got this.