I have been working hard on accepting myself for who I truly am. Yes, like everyone I have some kinks in my life that I am still trying to untangle. However, I cannot wait until everything is "perfectly aligned" in my life to be genuinely happy. That is something that has to happen today. It might sound silly, but I know a lot of people who struggle with the idea of ACCEPTANCE and APPROVAL.
ac·cept·ance (n): the action or process of being received as adequate or suitable, typically to be admitted into a group.
ap·prov·al (n): the action of officially agreeing to something or accepting something as satisfactory.
If there is one thing I have always noticed about myself (and have actually been called out on recently), it is the need to constantly explain myself to other people. My ideas, my intentions, my thoughts, my actions… you name it, I explain it (haha). I believe I do that because I am subconsciously seeking approval from someone other than myself.
This behavior of constant explanation for approval is not only exhausting, but it probably is not very good for our health.
You seek acceptance to get approval, to ultimately feel good or happy about a decision you want to make, or an action you desire to pursue.
However, in seeking that approval, you may find yourself anxious or stressed out about what the reaction of the other person may be. Will they think your decision is good or bad? Will they call you smart or crazy? Do they agree or disagree with you?... Are you picking up what I am throwing down?! ;)
My point in all of this is, does it really matter what they think? Does their personal input/opinion truly weigh so heavily on your desire to follow through with a thought/action, that you would actually change your mind to be accepted by them?
For so long, the answer to that question for me personally was: YES. I cared so much about getting the approval of others, that I would actually change my course of action, or stop my desire to try something, if it was not seen as acceptable in the eyes of others.
Honestly, that behavior did NOTHING positive for me at all. What it did do was stress me out, make me unhappy, and make me miss out on various opportunities that I could have been enjoying.
I believe that everything happens for a reason. There are no coincidences.
Whether it is physically being somewhere, having a certain thought, meeting different people, etc. I think those experiences are happening because you are truly meant to be having them.
My challenge - to myself and others - is this: Listen to yourself. Follow your intuition. Act on your desires. BE HAPPY… without the input of others.
Do something for YOU that makes YOU happy, because YOU want to do it... every day!
If people think it is strange, who cares?! If people look at you like you are crazy, Good!
Follow your heart and open your mind and spirit to all of the things that you truly want out of life. Life is too short to be wasting your time worrying about what other people think of you.
*Disclaimer: I like to believe that I have a good head on my shoulders, so these thoughts, actions, experiences, etc. are all safe and legal (haha). Please do not do anything that could harm yourself or others.