Hello blogging universe, I hope you are all having a great day.
Being reliant on other people to give validation to your choices and achievements will not bring contentment.
Would I like my family and friends to support me in everything I do? Well, probably yes but this support doesn’t need to be waving pom-poms and shouting ‘Go Karen’. It can be as simple as not being critical of my choices and accepting that I am in control of my own life. Allowing me to make foolish decisions, like signing up for half marathons. To choose what direction I want my life to go in, to sit happily with my opinions without any need for justification.
We Brits can be rather modest people, and promoting ourselves doesn’t always come easily. My own self-effacing persona doesn’t do me any favours, for example in job interviews, and my willingness to accept less than the best is probably down to some deep rooted feeling of inadequacy.
But we can all learn to be our own cheerleader.
Even when depression is busy sucking out our very life force. We got out of bed Yay! We got dressed Double Yay! We ate something that wasn’t just chocolate Triple Yay! That celery soup you made, the one that looked like green dishwater? Well, at least you tried Yay!
I genuinely mean it. Being proud of your choices and achievements will bring you a contentment far greater than you could ever receive from someone else’s approval. So, do it. Be your own cheerleader!