I made blog resolutions for the new year a couple weeks ago, and I thought that was going to be it for me in terms of year-long goals. But then, I started to do some reflecting, and I came to the realization that I wasn’t quite done yet. That I still wanted to create a central theme for this year.
So, I came up with a motto for 2018. And I think it’s a pretty good one.
I’m calling it 2018: The Year to Stop Living for Other People.
Because I think it’s incredibly easy to get caught up in other people’s expectations and inadvertently forget what you really want.
Because a lot of the time what you want isn’t necessarily what other people want for you. And in spite of the fact that they may disagree with your choices, they’re ultimately yours to make.
Because your life shouldn’t be built around the wants of other people. And wanting to make your own decisions despite the disapproval of others isn’t selfish.
Because when it comes down to it, everyone is going to have an opinion on what you do. But the thing is, the only opinion that matters is yours.
Sometimes, I feel like it’s difficult to remember that your goals, wants, and ambitions don’t always have to align with the ones that other people expect from you. That sometimes your gut is going to tell you something completely different than anyone else. And that it’s perfectly okay.
It’s important to keep in mind that the only person who needs to approve of all of your decisions is you. You do not require the validation of other people in order to make things happen. Your goals and the ways in which you pursue them are entirely up to you. Other people might not care for what you decide, but ultimately you’re the only person who is going to have to live with your decisions. So, it really doesn’t matter what they think.
That being said, I’m going to try and make 2018 a year for living according to my own goals and standards. If I believe that a certain decision is best for me, then I’m going to make that decision.
I’m not going to worry about pleasing other people or living up to their expectations. The things that I do and the experiences that I go through will be ones that I select on my own. That’s my goal for 2018.
Thank you for reading! I hope you enjoy the rest of your Sunday. 🙂
Do you have a motto or theme for 2018?