You can either let others live for you or you can live your own life. Take a stand, be proud of who you are, and remember that you are your own legacy—leave something behind that you can be proud of.
It’s a simple concept, really, most of us have no idea how to live our own life. We are all constantly influenced by the environment around us: people, places, commercials, television, movies, friends, colleagues, etc. There is, literally, no way of understanding where the “I” begins because it is so intertwined in the “we” of society.
So, how does one detach from the madness long enough to gain an understanding of who they actually are—minus the bull? Well, there are no hard-line answers to that question, but there is a methodology to it all that can make that act a lot easier:
- Make a list of everything you think defines you.
- Mark off all the items that relate to your profession, your material possessions, and your education.
- Now, look at that list…what’s left?
If the answer is “nothing”, you have a lot of work to do. However, if what you see in front of you is a list filled with possibilities, something you—the person—can build on, start from there.
The point is, no one is looking for you to lead a perfect life and, the pursuit of said perfection will never grant you the happiness that you’re looking for. Stop wasting time looking for that elusive and fantasy-born ideology of a “happily ever after”—it’s not there.
Start living the life that makes YOU happy and let that life make this world a better place to be present in—for you, for others, and for the legacy you haven’t created yet.