There’s no rush.
Naturally, we compare ourselves and our journey to other people’s paths. It’s our instinctual human tendency to be loved, adored, and cherished; thus, we judge our own worth by the external validation that we receive from others while not fully realizing that our lives are no longer our own to figure out.
But this is your reminder to breathe, slow down, and go at your own pace.
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed in life because you’re not exactly where you want to be right now. This enormous pressure that we create for ourselves may carry a heavy burden on our shoulders and ultimately affect the things in our lives that matter most — our health, our relationships, our passions, and our ability to be present in this moment. All the things cannot be replaced as time goes on.
In my own life, there have been so many times where I’ve caught myself becoming anxious over a future version of myself that I wish to dictate and control the outcome of. This feeling of ‘control’ often stems from a lack of true metrics in which we are judging ourselves by. We desperately want to live up to other people’s standards of what they believe to be happiness and success, when really, we need to foster and cultivate our own standards for what we want to know as success and happiness.
You do not need to prove anything to anyone — you are more than enough as you are now. While you can always grow to become a better individual — a better version of who you are now — let’s not take away the fact that you deserve to be proud of who you are today and who you’ve become through all the tribulations of your life thus far.
Breathe. Slow down. Take a moment for yourself. Gain perspective. Trust your path. Trust yourself. These are the foundations of a life well-lived that stems from your worth being based on who you are now inside, not from what’s outside of you.
Because at the end of the day, what’s the rush?
In the end, we all end up in the exact same place. And while this may be a scary thing to think about at first, it’s also enlightening to know that we don’t need to be so hard on ourselves — we just need to be real with ourselves and what we really want in our lives.
Choose your life. Don’t allow others to choose it for you.