Over the last couple of weeks, I've been thinking about who I am as a person- what my hobbies are, the types of music I like, the things I like to do... But then a thought popped into my mind, and it really made me think. Are you doing something that you truly love, or are you doing it to impress somebody else?
When I was younger, I remember my old friend being super good at gymnastics and soccer. As I didn't do anything outside of school, of course I wanted to learn what she knew. I spent countless recesses practicing my cartwheels, stretching to do the splits, and trying to perfect my soccer kick.
But no matter how hard I tried to show her my "skills", she didn't seem impressed one bit.
Looking back, I now realize that soccer is definitely not my strong point, and neither is gymnastics. When I went to junior high, I found out that my skills were in volleyball and basketball, or really, anything to do with your arms. So, I dropped the whole flexibility thing behind me.
As I continue to meet newer people, I feel as if my worldview changes, slowly teaching me more about myself.
I learned that people will judge you no matter what you choose to do- so just do it. (post not sponsored by Nike, haha!)
I've been pushing this thought for about a week now, and can't help but notice how happier I am with my decisions. When you aren't thinking about other people's opinions, a HUGE weight is lifted off your shoulders.
So whether you're trying your arm at photography, shooting a tough shot in basketball, or applying for a job you've been putting off, stop, think, and ask yourself- is this something that I truly love, or, am I doing it because I want that person to like me?
Because in the end, nobody else's opinion matters. Just do it for you and not anybody else, no matter how hard that can be. Let people see the real, imperfect, flawed, quirky, weird, beautiful, magical person that you are.
Have you done something just to impress somebody else? Let's hear your story!