The problem with many people is they would rather listen to the noise of the world, what their friends or peers think rather than listen to their own needs. Many people can often be put off going for a job, or a new pursuit, just because they worry about what others will think. You could be interested in spirituality or Religion, but fear being ridiculed, just because you have entertained the thought of visiting a church or temple. I know many people like this, I was one myself in my younger days, too busy making fun of everything to have the time to take anything too serious.
In a sense this keeps people away from activities that they really want to experience. Many young men and women, hold back from asking someone they like on a date, due to fear of rejection, or making a fool of themselves. Young people put too much credence on what their friends think. Is he too fat or too thin, will my friends have a laugh if I ask someone for a date who works in a different type of job to me. Too many what if’s and buts, it does make life a little rigid and this sort of thinking only pushes you further away from the happiness you seek.
You do not have to turn middle aged before you know what is right and wrong for you. You can find out now by following your own instincts, who cares what the rest of the world says is right or wrong for you. Only you know deep down what makes you happy.
From this day onwards, I want you to be proud of who you are, I want you to take pride in the choices you make. It does not matter if you fail, the main thing is that you are making an effort to follow your own path, not that of your friends, or your fathers or mothers, the path made for you.
Only by doing things your way, will you find happiness. How can you find what really makes you tick if you are too busy listening to what others think. They don’t know you like you do. They don’t know the impact the choices you make will have on your life. It is not their life to live, leave them to make their decisions and hopefully, more of your friends and family will respect you for making your choices.
Even if you choose badly, it does not make you a bad person, neither does it mean you will learn nothing. You gain wisdom from every experience that you have, so take heart no matter what you choose, it will go on to shape the person you are becoming.
Do not be ashamed of who you are, be proud, yet humble. Accept responsibility for your actions, by doing this you will grow in strength and you will mature into a better person. By taking command of your life, you will find that there is no one to blame for your failures but yourself. You cannot fail, because every seeming failure is really a blessing in disguise. Mistakes and failures bring wisdom and with that wisdom, you shall learn to live a happy life. Do you listen to yourself or the noise of the world?