Happy Motivation Monday! I usually write my Motivation Monday posts on Sunday night, since Monday mornings are already early ones for me. This often involves browsing through my Pinterest boards to see what inspires me, or thinking about my week and what is currently motivating me. My mind is still on running from my race this weekend (here’s the recap if you missed it!), but I think you’ve had enough of running talk lately.
So instead, I want to talk about making YOURSELF happy, regardless of what others think of those choices. A lot of times in my life, I’ve felt pressure to go along with expectations or to “conform” to what “most people” thought was “normal” (there are so many quotes because I think all of those words or phrases are trite and overused). I think almost everyone feels this pressure at times – it’s part of growing up and figuring yourself out. But I believe that we can only truly show our maturity, self-confidence, and self-respect when we honor our own feelings and do what makes us really happy, even if it’s “against the grain.” (picture source)
Kevin and I are both introverts, so often times even if there is a huge party with tons of people, we’d rather hang out on the couch and catch up with each other after a long, tiring week. I used to be embarrassed about this, and would even pretend that I was going out sometimes, by making up some imaginary party in order to get out of another party that someone was inviting me to. I used to do this with fashion, too – I know what I like, and I know what looks good on me, but I certainly don’t claim to be the most up-to-date on fashion trends (far from it!) or have the most expensive, designer-brand clothes. But I used to feel pressure to pretend like I went to “those” stores, and talk to my friends about them. I even felt pressure to go into my current job, because everyone at my college wanted to be in banking or consulting, despite very few people actually knowing what the jobs entailed. I don’t regret that decision, because I have learned a lot, developed great relationships, and grown as a professional, but the truth is that I picked the job just because others wanted it. Can you see how funny and silly these examples seem when they’re spelled out like this? (picture source)
So, today, please just take a minute to think about something that makes YOU happy, and make a commitment to do it, no matter what others think about it. It could be something small like what you order for lunch, or something big like making a major life change. You have responsibility to make yourself happy … others can’t do that for you!
So tell me in the comments … What’s one thing you’ve done previously because you felt pressured to do it? Do you regret it? What’s one thing making you happy today?