Today is the day you will stop trying to please everyone else and start being happy with being yourself. For so long, you felt as if you had to wear a mask to be accepted by the different people in your life. You have one for fitting in with friends, meeting new people, and gaining your parents approval. Stop hiding the person you really are and start speaking up about the things you are passionate about. True happiness comes from being able to express yourself how you see fit and doing things that make you happy. You will no longer give in to the pressures of what everyone else thinks is best for you. Your happiness depends on you being able to voice your opinion and not feel guilty about it.
Moment of truth, telling them how you feel.
Friends. If you have gone out with your friends and partying every weekend, but you rather stay home. You must let them know how you feel, either they will want to hang out with you anyway, or they will continue going out partying without you. Whichever the case, at least you can be happy knowing that your real friends will accept whether or not you want to go out every weekend.
New People. If you are in a room filled with people with impressive titles but you feel that you just have a job. As long as you like your job, do not be ashamed of the work that you do. Never let fancy titles make you feel inferior. Whenever someone asks what you do, say it with pride. It does not matter whether you are a manager at grocery store chain or you are a nanny to a household of dogs. Be proud of what you do. Remember this is your life, and the job you have chosen. If your job makes you happy, well that is all that matters.
Parents. You have put off telling your parents that you want to be a comedian and you are not going to medical school to be a pediatrician. Trying not to disappoint your parents can leave you living a life that will leave you stressed and dissatisfied. You parents have lived their lives in a way that makes them happy; you need to start doing the same. It may not be easy telling your parents that choose to take a different path than they had hoped but the path that you have chosen is what makes you happy. Sure they may be a little disappointed, ultimately most parents want to see their children happy and they will respect whatever decision you make. Whatever choice you make in life, you deserve to be happy and be accepted for the person you are.
Take these three crucial steps when you are ready to be happy being your true self.
Speak up. You have to speak up and let people know who you are and the things that make you happy. No one will know the real you unless you tell them.
Don’t back down. Stick to your guns. Don’t let other people force you into their way of thinking. Let them know your true feelings.
Be Proud. It does not matter what other people think, be proud of who you are and the choices you make.
Now you can wake up every morning knowing today, and every day you will be happy being yourself.
Being happy is something that each of us determines, it is not something that we find outside of our self, it is within us and our choice. ~Catherine Pulsifer