Hello beautiful souls!! I hope you are each finding peace and happiness during this time. With that being said, take a moment to think about what makes you happy. We center the way we live our lives on what makes us happy. Now that you are thinking of what makes you happy- go deeper by asking yourself to explore why these things bring you happiness. Is the source of this happiness connected to a memory, person, or other influences?
Everything in our life is based on our perspective, even something so simple as happiness. As we go through life, our experiences create a frame of reference for the way we should live. Instinctively, when advising on a particular situation, we recall experiences from our personal life that lead us to conclude the proper way to guide someone. However, what is the right and wrong way to live? There is none, so advice should be taken loosely with a grain of salt.
Seek advice from someone who has your best intentions at heart. Some advice can be misleading or a form of control, be sure to analyze what each person can gain. People you idolize like a celebrity, employer, or influencer may seem like a good reference. However, you only see part of these individual’s worlds. Do not be fooled; they may be different in other aspects of their lives you cannot see. Most people trust their spouse, family, or friends for advice. Their intentions may be good but can be a form of control without even knowing; many times, it comes from love and experience. Such as a parent that thinks their son must be a football player (or daughter must be a nurse) to have the best chance at life, but that child was destined to be a singer. There is no right or wrong way to live. Happiness is defined differently for each individual.
Activities that bring you joy without external influences are qualities from your soul. Our identity is composed of qualities that are unique to each individual. It is important to make all decisions based on your true inner self, or you will have regrets. Stop being loyal to the image of yourself someone else created; become who you desire to be. No one knows what is best for your life but you. And yes, pleasures you gain from external influences in life are beautiful experiences during your journey, but the most beautiful experience comes from within. There is so much beauty in the unknown; take time to explore it!