Ever since I read Jen Sincero’s You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life (awesome book, highly recommend) I’ve been focusing on how to live the life I want and not the one that will come to me if I sit back and do nothing. I want to be intentional about who I am and where I’m going in life. Therefore, I’ve decided to let certain things go:
The Expectations and Approval of Others
Throughout my life I’ve been more of a people pleaser than I would like to admit. It’s easy to fall into the trap of following the expectations of your parents, friends, society, etc. instead of going out and figuring out what YOU want to do. I want to live my life for me and I don’t want my actions to be dictated by what other people expect. We only get one life and we should all live it as we please. You deserve to live a life you’ve created for yourself.
Excessive Social Media Use
Social media has the ability to easily drag you down a rabbit hole of insecurity, irritability and comparison. I don’t want those emotions to exist in my life (especially on an hourly basis) so I’ve decided to limit my social media use. I deleted the Instagram app from my phone, making it inconvenient to check the site throughout the day. I’ve already found that I am more productive and happier now that I don’t have a source of negativity at my fingertips.
Letting My Time Control Me
Time is an interesting subject. I think about time way too much. Sometimes I feel like I have too much, too little, sometimes I don’t know what to do with it, sometimes I feel like I waste it, either way time has always been a ruling force in my life. I’ve come to the realization that there is an endless amount of time to do what you want to do, you just need to learn to control your time instead of letting your time control you. I don’t want to watch my life go by and see that I spent my time filing my brain with garbage and toxicity. Instead, I’d like to dedicate my time to personal growth, laughter, and connecting with loved ones and myself. I have spent too many hours mindlessly scrolling through social media when I could have been catering to my plants, listening to music that I love, or moving my body. In todays society, we have the terrible habit of not dedicating our time to things we truly love. I want to spend everyday doing something that I love.
I hope my changes can inspire others to inspect their life and habits, and make changes where they feel necessary. What unhealthy habits and mindsets have you decided to let go of?