Truer words have never been spoken. However, this can also be a “double edged” sword. In today’s world and economy, this is very, very hard to do sometimes. You may have confidence in yourself and the decisions you’ve made, but with the stresses and struggles we have to face today that weigh us down mentally and emotionally, is this something we can do on a continual basis? Maybe I’m just speaking for myself here – I highly doubt that though.
Being confident in yourself and your decisions takes confidence. I know personally I’ve recently made some decisions for my professional future that many others close to me don’t always agree with. I finally, at 30 years old, know what I want to do with my life; I know what I’m what I’m passionate about professionally and am determined to go after it. To do this I’ve had to make some sacrifices, sacrifices I did think I would be able to, and will continue to do so in pursuit of my goals. THIS is the part that some close to me don’t agree with.
For most of my life I’ve always worried about what others would think of my decisions. I wanted others, especially my close friends and family, to be proud of me and respect my decisions. When I didn’t get that recognition, I was upset and this made me start to think that maybe my goals and dreams just weren’t meant to be and weren’t attainable. I think became more and more stressed out and depressed, and this soon started to become what seemed to be an unending cycle.
I kept thinking about how successful others my age already were and didn’t understand why I wasn’t. What had I done wrong? Surely I’m not meant to live the rest of my life as an unsuccessful professional who is always struggling?!
I finally feel that I’ve “broken free” of that horrible mentality. I know I can achieve my dream. It’s maybe not go to be exactly as I first envisioned it, but it still is my dream – only better. If it weren’t for me “accidentally” discovering fashion blogging (that’s a story for another day), finding a renewed love for writing and also discovering the amazing power of social media, then I honestly don’t know where I’d be today.
I am TRULY thankful for the people and friends I’ve made on this journey. I’ve finally met people who understand what I’m going through and struggling with, people who have been there and done that, and people who I know will mentor me and help me get to where I want to be. You know who you are – from the bottom of my heart I thank you.
I know this is a LONG and deep post, but I felt it was something I needed to write. Hopefully this will help someone else who is maybe on the “uncertain road” I was on.
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