Be a voice, not an echo.
I have been a people pleaser as long as I can remember. Remember the days where on Myspace, it provided you a space for “About Me?” I honestly remember having that in my profile.
I was proud of being a people pleaser.
As I’ve grown older, I realize the importance of having your own voice. No one will be able to explain how YOU feel. They can get really close… but it will NEVER be exact, because they are unable to read into your mind. They are not thinking your thoughts. Only YOU would know.
I can admit, I don’t speak up very often in instances where I should. I am afraid of judgment, I am afraid of people not liking me, I’m afraid of others’ disappointment in me…
But out of all I’ve mentioned above everything is based around the thoughts of others. I failed to mention the importance of my own feelings.
I often catch myself being hesitant on my own thoughts/feelings in the moment, in fear of being judged. Yes, I haven’t experienced everything that’s going on in this world. Shoot, it took me 25 years to fly on a plane… BUT hey that’s my own journey.
At the end of the day, I just have to remember I have only one voice…