Hey guys! Welcome back. I remember when I first started college. I remember walking onto campus for the very first time not knowing what was ahead. I was not anticipating the changes I would go through, the relationships I would build, or the person that I would become. I had no idea what was on the road ahead. All I knew was I had to give it my best shot.

I spent the first year of college trying to be someone else. I was trying to be more outgoing, more put together, and someone with an altogether different personality. I forced myself into situations that I didn’t want to be in. I tried to give too much of myself to too many people which led me to feeling pretty empty. And I just wanted to be the “perfect” person. I wanted people to like me and accept me.

Growing up, I didn’t really have a ton of opportunities to find myself or figure out who I was and who I wanted to be. So starting college all I knew was that I wanted to be the funny, outgoing person who could be friends with anyone. But the truth is, I am the sarcastic, shy person who can still be friends with anyone. And I know that just because I am not the most outgoing or talkative person doesn’t mean that I am any less of a person.

So throughout the next few years of my life I started to learn that I wouldn’t be happy being anyone other than myself. I used to have a lot of insecurities and I let them rule my life. I let them take over to the point that I was ashamed to show any bit of my true personality. I was so nervous that who I really was just wasn’t good enough. But through time and a lot of work on my confidence and self-esteem, I learned that that is no way to live. It’s useless to live the only life you get living it for someone else.

I learned that I can only really be happy if I am living for myself. Because every other person will have a different idea. I can’t please everyone and I won’t get anywhere trying. The key is to find people who support me in making my own decisions. Not people who will try to tell me what I am supposed to do. I figured out that if I wanted to really live a life that I am proud of, I have to embrace every quality that I have and learn how to use those to my advantage.

I am a shy person. But that also makes me a good listener. It makes me a kind, caring, and nurturing person. I’m not very talkative, but that doesn’t mean I can’t have a conversation. I am a warm person with a lot to offer. That may not mean much to some people, but to the right people, it is exactly what they need.

So I have learned that being myself is the best way to impact the world. It is the best way to bring happiness and fulfillment to myself. So I strive everyday to be authentic and live my life for myself. Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed this. Please like it if you did. Let us know in the comments how you are living for yourself. Don’t forget to follow before you leave if you have not already and I hope to see you next time!

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