As humans, it is natural to form opinions of others based off their looks. We see this all the time on social media. Many people get so wrapped up in what others are doing, that they even unconsciously incorporate what they see into their daily routines. I’ve done it myself! It is perfectly fine to take things you see an incorporate them into your life, but doing this becomes an issue when it affects your ability to live in your truth. I have a few tips that I would like to share about living your truth.
The Meaning Of Living Your Truth?
I define living in your truth as being mentally content with who you are and living a full life that cannot be altered by the thoughts and actions of others. It is something that we all strive for. We all want to be able to say that we love ourselves 100% flaws and all, but the shocking reality is that very few of us ever get the chance to do so.
The Back Story
I began writing this post after spending some time with my best friend this past weekend.
We randomly decided to go live in a lesbian Facebook group that she is a part of. What was I getting myself into?!?!?!
I am a shy person, and be part of a live video with my best friend made me so anxious. Talking to a bunch of lesbian women about a lifestyle I know nothing about sounds crazy. What if no one tunes in? What if people think I’m an idiot?
Starting Your Truth Journey
1. Take A Leap Of Faith
For almost 3 hours I engaged with people who were from all walks of life. It was like a girl talk session. We laughed, shared thoughts, connected, and encouraged one another. What I assumed would be a horrible experience, was actually very freeing for me.
2. Do What You Love
A lot of the women in the group were hiding their LGBT status from their loved ones. I was thinking to myself, what if these women never come out?
No one should have to fear being accepted
If you can’t truly be yourself around family and friends then are they even worthy of your presence? I know it’s a harsh reality but it’s true! You have to put you first!
Think about it, people try so hard to impress others, meanwhile, those same people are happy and living their lives while you are struggling to live yours. You were created uniquely for a reason.
One thing I’ve practiced over the last few years is to surround myself with supportive people. Honestly, I don’t care if I only have one friend. I would be happy knowing that I’m content with who I am, and that my support system is happy with who I am as well.
Protect your mental well-being!
Mental health is just as important as physical health and many people forget this! We have to be in good spirits mentally in order to function physically.
4. It’s Okay To Be Selfish Sometimes
There have been times when I wasn’t living my truth for the sake of pleasing others. But honey, when that light-bulb clicked….it truly clicked. I no longer had an issue with telling certain people no.
In order to be at my best, certain actions are needed. I can say proudly that the people who understand me and appreciate me are still in my life, and there are a few who didn’t make the cut. And that is perfectly okay. Everyone you meet in life is not meant to be around forever. Seasons come and go in life, and unfortunately so do people and relationships.
5. Embrace Fear and Change
I say this so much to myself and want to reiterate it…..never let fear hold you back. If you want to accomplish a new goal, start a new relationship, or even turn over a new leaf in life then do it. The worst thing that can happen is that you may not like the outcome, but you did way more than most, which is that you actually tried something new.
Cherish your happiness!
Thank you for reading