I spent endless days and nights thinking about what I wanted to become in this world and putting a lot pressure on myself to have it all figured out. The problem was that I spent most of my time silencing the passion in my heart just to impress people with a life I didn’t want to be living.

The reality I didn’t face was that I would never have it all figured out, I was never going to be happy walking in a direction I didn’t want to go because other people said so.

Why do we do that to ourselves? Why is the approval of others so important? What I’ve realized through life is that the approval of others only lasts for the few moments you’re standing in front of them telling them about all the achievements and impressive things you’re doing. The second you walk away is the second they stop caring, if they ever cared at all.

You have to remember that people, to some degree or another, are the center of their own universe, they have a natural tendency to go back to thinking about themselves and all the things they want to do to in their lives, not about you.

With that in mind I simply stopped seeking the approval of others, because I know whether I get it or not it only lasts a few seconds, and I have got a whole live I want to live, it doesn’t make sense to give them the priority in the journey of my life.

This has given me the strength to stop waiting for the approval of others as long as I’m proud of the work I do. It has given me the strength to turn right when the rest of the word is turning left. It has given me the strength to choose a life that makes me smile even if others aren’t smiling with me.

I live this way because I realize that we are all in this world passing by, looking for love, happiness, and success along the way, and the only way to do that is to stay true to ourselves, to do the things that make us happy, and to simply smile and silence the people that tell us otherwise, it really is that simple.