Today, more than ever, we are bombarded with images of how others live their lives. Social media and reality television are two ways we learn about the lives others live and it can be easy to draw comparisons from those people’s lives to your own. However, it is important to remember that only you can live your best life.
Here is what will start to happen once you stop comparing yourself to others and start living as your true self.
You’ll Have a Positive Attitude
Most people don’t realize it, but there is a whole big world out there when you look up from your phone screen. We are all guilt of mindlessly scrolling. And while it may seem “mindless” you are still taking in a lot of information about other people’s lives.
Do a little experiment next time you are looking through social media. Pay attention to your thoughts. You might catch yourself thinking “oh, I wish I had a body like that” or “Wow, they are on an amazing vacation. They must have so much more money than me.” Notice these small comparisons and how they impact your thoughts and attitude. You’ll find youself a more positive person when you give up these thoughts.
Become More Present
If you are living in way that is true to yourself, you are going to spend less time worrying about what others care or think of you. This frees up you mind to stay actively engaged with what is going on around your, rather than worrying about what others think of you.
Use your new found presence to stay engaged in the moment. Notice your environment and those around you. Reach out to others to see how you can make a positive difference in their life.
You’ll Find Your “You-ness”
Maybe there is something about yourself that you feel you need to change because it does not match what society considers to be “normal.” Take an opportunity to evaluate what that thing is. Is it your weight? Is it a hobby or past-time? Is it an aspect of your personality? Rather than shaming yourself for it, try embracing it. See how freeing it can be to embrace what make you, you. Or your “you-ness.” You might just find that to be a whole lot more fun than trying to be what other people want.
If those above aren’t enough reasons, then consider some of these rule breakers:
- Ellen DeGeneres came out as gay in 90’s, helping to normalize homosexuality.
- Lady Gaga pushes the boundaries of her art, giving her an authenticity that goes unmatched by other celebs.
- Rosa Parks refusing to give up her seat, challenging social norms to stand up for what she believed in.
- Caitlin Jenner famously transitioning from male to female, opening the world up to a more understanding attitude towards transgendered people .
These individuals are responsible for living their lives in a way that is authentic to them, without regard for what other people will think. Take the opportunity to live as your most authentic self, it’s never too early to start.