‘What use is this pride of appearance, of which so much is risked, and so much is suffered. It cannot promote hate or ease pain.’ – Benjamin Franklin, The Way to Wealth
Today, we think we must do what the society expects us to do during a particular time, or when we reach a particular age. We believe we have to own particular things or behave in a specific way for the society to accept us.
This belief is foolish, and it can prevent you from reaching your full potential.
I wish people knew that they don’t have to be anything at any particular time. The society must not dictate what you should do or have. Whatever you have or do is your business since it mainly affects you.
For example, if you get married because people expected you to marry, the marriage problems will only affect you, and the funny thing is that all those who expected you to marry might be unwilling to help you tackle your marriage problems. Also, you might raise your child alone if you get pregnant because of the society’s pressure.
Therefore, if you want to do your thing, do it. Never avoid following your ambitions because you want to do what the society expects. Many people, in their deathbeds, regret ignoring their ambitions because of the need to conform to the society. These folks feared to curve their own path because the society expected them to get a job, marry, get children, and die.
For this reason, no one should ever tell you that you should marry because you have reached a certain age, or that you have to get a job because you just graduated.
If you want to be happy, just do what you want to do at your own time and pace without trying to conform to the society. No one should tell you what you must do. We are all unique in our own way. As well, we come from different backgrounds, and we have different paths to follow. Do what you feel is right for you at your own time, as long as you don’t harm anyone, because you are the only one who knows what makes you happy.
You came into this world to enjoy life and have an impact on people’s lives. You didn’t come to sacrifice your happiness for the sake of other people’s opinions and ideas of what you should be doing. Feel free and do what makes you happy whatever time you want. There is no universal rule that requires YOU TO BE AT A PARTICULAR PLACE OR TO DO A PARTICULAR THING AT ANY PARTICULAR TIME.
We stifle our doubts and follow the flock because we do not believe that we can be the directors of our lives – Alain De Botton, The Consolations of Philosophy
What is popular is not necessarily what is right – Alain De Botton, The Consolations of Philosophy
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