It got me to thinking…
Am I doing what I want, or what the “world” thinks I should be doing…
I’ve always had what is defined as a “Rebellious” personality. Which for the majority of my life has helped me overcome many challenges, so I don’t mean it in a “BAD” way, but rather in a way that means I don’t always listen to those who have opinions about my life.
Of which I am thankful for, my daughter has this same personality trait, I LOVE it in her.
I want her to embrace life, and to do what SHE wants, while still being kind and respectful.
I feel like sometimes we allow the “world” to hold us back.
That we allow the “What we SHOULD be, act like, wear, whatever” override what our hearts tell us to do.
As a “Foster Kid” the world has told me a lot about how I should be…
I once had someone say something to me, that as much as they meant it as a compliment, it was very offensive.
She said, “You were a Foster kid? You sure don’t act like one!”
I asked her what she meant…
“You have your stuff together, you aren’t in jail, or homeless”
Me: “And do you know any FOSTER kids, or adults that were in the Foster care system?”
No reply. (Thankfully another friend intervened, I am pretty passionate about the Foster care system, as I spent 7 years of my life in it.)
I know what the statistics are for children who “age out” of the Foster care system.
BUT>>> I didn’t listen, I wanted more for my life, and other people were doing it, SO WHAT that I didn’t have the same support system they did, it would just mean I had to work harder, try harder. It also meant that I would prove to myself that I could do hard things. And that if you really want something, you can have it.
Anything worth having takes hard work and dedication.
This world isn’t going to just GIVE YOU anything, you have to decide it is something that you want and do it.
So if this WORLD is telling you that you can’t do something, or that you should be doing this instead of that… and it isn’t what your heart is telling you…
STOP listening to the world, and listen to your heart. Your heart knows you better than the world does anyway.
I needed this reminder. While in my 20’s I quit listening to all those that said, “It will be hard, you can’t do that, how are you going to do it on your own…”
Yet, lately I have been letting the “World” cloud my judgement of ME…
I LOVE being a Mom,
I LOVE being a Wife,
BOTH of these are hard,
I also LOVE me, and have dreams of my own.
I keep putting of all of my Dreams, because if you are a Wife and Mom, with a job, you can’t add anymore to your life, right?
Time for a change. I am pretty sure that I can figure out a way to fit my “Dream” in as well.
I would love to know what your heart is telling you vs. what the world thinks you should be!
I’m linking this to Pour Your Heart Out on Things I can’t say.