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18 Reasons to Give Up Trying to Live Up to Everyone’s Expectations


18 Reasons to Give Up Trying to Live Up to Everyone’s Expectations

Your needs matter too.  Don’t ignore them.  Sometimes you have to do what’s best for you and your life, not what’s best for everyone else.

A life spent ceaselessly trying to please people who are perhaps incapable of ever being pleased, or trying too hard to always be seen as doing “what’s expected of you,” is a sure road to a regretful existence.  Angel and I were on this road once, but I’m happy to say we’re paving our own path now based on our own needs, morals and values.  And today I hope to inspire you to do the same…

Do more than just exist.  We all exist.  The question is: Do you live?

Angel and I eventually realized existing without ever truly living was not what we wanted for ourselves.  So we made changes – we gradually embraced all the points discussed in this article and never looked back.  If you are in the same place we once were – seeking approval from everyone for every little thing you do – please take this post to heart and start making changes today.  Life is too short not to.

  1. First and foremost, you are not obligated to live up to everyone’s expectations. – Life is under no obligation to give us what we expect.  And you are under no obligation to give others what they expect.  Period.  Do things because you care.  Do things because you know it’s right.  Don’t just do things because everyone else expects you to.
  2. Expectations just get in the way of great life experiences. – Don’t let expectations (especially other people’s expectations) get in your way.  Truth be told, the unexpected is often better than the expected.  Our entire lives can be described in one sentence: It didn’t go as planned, and that’s OK.
  3. You don’t need others to hold your hand every step of the way. – Be willing to go alone sometimes.  You don’t need permission to grow.  Not everyone who started with you will finish with you.  And that’s OK.  (Read The Road Less Traveled.)
  4. You get to learn from your mistakes without unnecessary third-party pressure. – You’re going to mess up sometimes.  But the good news is, as long as you’re listening to your intuition, you get to decide how you’re going to mess up.  Which means you get to decide how you’re going to live and what you’re going to learn along the way.
  5. No one knows you better than you know yourself. – How you seem to others and how you actually are, rarely match.  Even if they get the basic gist of who you are, they’re still missing a big piece of the puzzle.  What other people think of you will rarely contain the whole truth, which is fine.  So if someone forms an opinion of you based on superficialities, then it’s up to them, not you, to reform those opinions.  Leave it to them to worry about.  You know who you are and what’s best for you.
  6. Only YOU can define what’s possible for you and your life. – Some people will kill you over time if you let them; and how they’ll kill you is with tiny, harmless phrases like, “Be realistic.”  When this happens, close your ears and listen to your inner voice instead.  Remember that real success in life isn’t what others see, but how you feel.  It’s living your truth and doing what makes you feel alive.
  7. In the end, happiness is simply living your life your own way. – There comes a time when your back is up against the wall and you realize all you can do is say, “Screw it, I’m doing things my way!”  That’s the earth-shattering moment you stop planning for someone else’s expectations, and start making progress on what’s truly important to YOU.  That’s when you begin to live life according to your own morals and values.  That’s when you can finally be at your happiest.
  8. You can best serve yourself and others by giving yourself what YOU need. – Don’t ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive, and pursue it at all costs.  That’s what this world needs – people like YOU who come alive.  Which means your needs matter; so don’t ignore them.  Sometimes you have to do what’s best for you and your life, not just what seems best on the surface for everyone else.
  9. Rather than being confined by opinions, you get to create your own reality. – If J.K. Rowling stopped after being rejected by multiple publishers for years, there would be no Harry Potter.  If Howard Schultz gave up after being turned down by banks 200+ times, there would be no Starbucks.  If Walt Disney quit too soon after his theme park concept was trashed by 300+ investors, there would be no Disney World.  One thing is for sure: If you give too much power to the opinions of others, you will become their prisoner.  So never let someone’s opinion define your reality.  (Read Daring Greatly.)
  10. You allow yourself the freedom to speak your truth. – Yes, speak your truth even if your voice shakes.  Be cordial and reasonable, of course, but don’t tread carefully on every word you say.  Push your concerns of what others might think aside.  Let the consequences of doing so unravel naturally.  What you’ll find is that most of the time no one will be offended or irritated at all.  And if they do get upset, it’s likely only because you’ve started behaving in a way that makes them feel they have less power over you.  Think about it.  Why lie?
  11. The wrong people won’t be able to tamper with your standards. – Remember, failed relationships aren’t designed to encourage you to lower your standards, but to raise them and keep them up.  So while you’re out there making decisions instead of excuses, learning new things, and getting closer and closer to your goals, know that there are others out there, like me, who admire your efforts and are striving for greatness too.   Bottom line: Don’t let the wrong people bring you down.
  12. The haters will have less of an effect on you. – Don’t worry about the haters, ever.  Don’t let them get to you.  They’re just upset because the truth you know contradicts the lies they live.  Period.
  13. Your individuality can be openly celebrated and enjoyed. - Constantly seeking approval means you’re perpetually worried that others are forming negative judgments of you.  This steals the fun, ingenuity, and spontaneity from your life.  Flip the switch on this habit.  If you’re lucky enough to have something that makes you different from everybody else, don’t be ashamed and don’t change.  Uniqueness is priceless.  In this crazy world that’s trying to make you like everyone else, find the courage to keep being your remarkable self.  It takes a lot of courage to stand alone, but it’s worth it.  Being unapologetically YOU is worth it!
  14. There will be less drama to deal with. – Forgo the drama.  Ignore the negativity around you.  Just be sincere and kind, and promote what you love instead of bashing what you hate.
  15. You will have more time to socialize with the right people.When you’re feeling insecure, you typically don’t notice the hundreds of people around you who accept you just the way you are.  All you notice are the few who don’t.  Don’t ever forget your worth.  Spend time with those who value you.  No matter how good you are to people, there will always be negative minds out there who criticize you.  Smile, ignore them, and carry on.  You might feel unwanted and unworthy to one person, but you are priceless to another.
  16. Great relationships are not governed by one-sided expectations. – When it comes to your relationships, don’t keep everything you need to say to yourself.  Let it out.  Express your point of view.  Communication is not just an important part of a relationship, communication is the relationship.  Communicate even when it’s uncomfortable and uneasy.  One of the best ways to heal and grow a relationship is simply getting everything on the inside out in the open.  Compromise.  That’s how good people make great things happen together.
  17. You get to be YOUR best, without competing with everyone else. – When you are happy to simply do your best and not compare or compete, everyone worth your while will respect you.  Here’s some healthy food for thought:  Always… Be strong, but not rude.  Be kind, but not weak.  Be humble, but not timid.  Be proud, but not arrogant.  Be bold, but not a bully.  (Angel and I discuss these concepts in more detail in the “Relationships” chapter of 1,000 Little Things Happy, Successful People Do Differently.)
  18. You are not obligated to anyone more so than you are to yourself. – Your relationship with yourself is the closest and most important relationship you will ever have.  So don’t forget about YOU out there, and don’t be too hard on yourself either.  There are plenty of others willing to do both for you.  And remember, if you don’t take good care of yourself, then you can’t take good care of others either; which is why taking care of yourself is the best selfish thing you can do.

The floor is yours…

What’s the best reason you can think of to give up trying to live up to everyone else’s expectations?  Leave a comment below and share your thoughts.

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40 Comments

  • The reason I stopped living according to everyone’s expectations of me? Because I woke up one day at 45 years of age and realized I really wasn’t doing a single thing for myself on a day-to-day basis. So I didn’t drop my responsibilities, but I revamped my routines and started making myself a priority too. When I did, some people didn’t like it at first. But most of the people who truly matter in my life – my wife and son for instance – now tell me I’m a better husband and father for it.

  • Marc, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Thank you.

    This post perfectly expresses one of my favorite quotes from your book (I feel like I tell you this a lot, but you and Angel share so many thoughts that resonate with me):

    “Ignore the comparisons and expectations knocking at your door. The only person you should try to be better than is the person you were yesterday. Prove yourself to yourself, not others. The RIGHT people for you will love you for doing so, and they will appreciate all the things about you that the WRONG people are intimidated by. Bottom line: Don’t change so people will like you; be patient, keep being your amazing self, and pretty soon the RIGHT people will love the REAL you.”

    Simply put, the best reason I can think of to not attempt to live up to everyone else’s expectations is: Allowing myself to walk comfortably in my own shoes, and not feeling the need to where a mask either. Call it freedom. Call it honesty. Either way, it feels better than any alternative.

  • Great article. I can totally relate, and I think the principle as a whole is extremely important. At 67 years of age I have realized the need to stop caring so much if certain people like me. It’s OK to please some, but we can’t please everyone all the time. Also, one-way relationships are just too exhausting over time. As I get older, I don’t want to put that much energy into relationships that aren’t giving anything back or, worse, taking too much emotionally. Would rather put the extra energy and time to better use.

  • Your Q.: What’s the best reason you can think of to give up trying to live up to everyone else’s expectations?

    My A.: My own personal growth is at stake. The more I please or attempt to please others, their wants, their needs, their demands, the more I overlook my own, and hinder myself from learning new things, from opening my self to new views, experiences and growth. I will remain locked in someone else’s little word of opinions and never be free to ‘roam’ on my own because I set myself up with fear holding me back regarding how others might think of me, to failure. That is no longer acceptable. An opinion is ok, advice is ok, but when we ourselves allow our minds & our actions towards our own life to be dictated by the naysayers, we lose ourselves and sadly sooner but later we realize it and we’ve wasted much time, which those other people don’t really care much about that you wasted your time and essence on them at all.

  • The most obvious reason to me is that living for others expectations just brings unhappiness and suffering. It means you’re always living with a subtle tension and looking outwardly to see if things are OK, when really the source of genuine happiness lies within.

    I loved this truth: “Our entire lives can be described in one sentence: It didn’t go as planned, and that’s OK.”

    The idea of going it alone can be a challenging one. I understand why people hesitate about that. But, in the end, if we’re not true to ourselves, we’ll never find genuine happiness.

  • Thank you Marc for articulating my exact thoughts in this post. I gave up living to other people’s expectations some years ago for the simple reason/s, it was wearing me out thin, there was no value being added to my life and my spirit felt depleted!

    I will be sharing/pinning this!

  • I think that we can all relate to this. We all start our life living by other peoples expectations. When we break free of this, and starting living life based on our own expectations, we truly start to live. The sooner that we can figure out our purpose, create a plan, and live our plan the happier we will be. Thanks for sharing.

  • I have never amounted to much by society’s standards in my 56 years of life because I am a dreamer. I decided not to change though; my dreams are worthy and can be good for many people. And the world needs dreamers.

  • From a past conversation with a friend, I found out that the need to compare ourselves with others will lessen the need to live up to people’s expectations. I don’t know if this is the ultimate truth but I guess it’s because we can finally see how time-consuming the act of living up to people’s expectations really is.

    “What’s the best reason you can think of to give up trying to live up to everyone else’s expectations? ”

    The world revolves around us. No, I’m not advocating selfishness but instead, I urge others to filter people’s expectations. Some expectations can get along well with our own expectations but most of them - nope. Be deliberate. Listen to other people’s expectations but only listen to their purpose of having that expectation and not the very words themselves.

  • Thank you for this site - I am so glad to have found it and look forward, with enthusiasm, to your regular updates.

  • Jonathan Look, Jr.
    May 1st, 2014 at 9:23 am

    I have started living with the attitudes brought by these reasons and life has become amazing. Now I live by my own expectations and find myself frequently exceeding them!

  • Judith Barillas
    May 1st, 2014 at 10:28 am

    My challenge is when I stand up for myself and the person (with whim I have a close relationship) totally disagrees with me AND throws it back in my face. eg saying, well, I may do that but YOU do xyz. I then feel defensive and going forward I choose to not say anything rather than deal with that response.
    I have been working hard on speaking up, I call it “being brave” but this person is a super challenge. Any ideas??

  • Hi guys - first off thank you for your blog and the messages you post! Often, you hit the nail on the head for me, and I am re-inspired and motivated to make changes in my life - or re-start making those small changes!

    One thing I would ask - and the stories you share at the beginning of the blog sometimes does this - but would you ever consider giving a list of examples of things to change? Or decisions to consider in order to prioritize my values? Some examples of how good things/actions are sometimes not good -for me- which is where I often get de-railed in trying to live my life to the fullest… sometimes I feel like I only see in hind-sight where I’ve made decisions that don’t put my values at the top, because I’ve prioritized someone else’s values.

    Thanks!

  • Hello, I have been following your blog for about 6 months now, and it has been a wonderful gift! In the past, I have been a worrier, anxious, always concerned about what other people think. I have done things over the course of my life that others questioned, but when it was very important to me, I was able to push peoples expectations to the side, but this is something I always need to be vigilant about. Now I am 56 years of age and I finally feel a freedom to do what I want and say what I want! What has helped me the most in the last six months, is your blog, a book titled “If you had controlling parents” and “Promise, never have a negative thought again”, which I learned about from your blog! Thanks again!

  • Jennifer Bachman
    May 1st, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Thank you so much for all the wonderful Articles you have written. Since I have began receiving your newsletters in my e-mail inbox, I have gotten a lot better about not listening to the naysayers, and instead taking care of myself for once. I feel I am growing so much more as my own person. Thank you Marc and Angel for your inspirational words and helping me to see that I too am important and that my life does count.
    God Bless.

  • Thank you for another great post. I agree, we need to do more than just exist. I would rephrase it as we need to do more than just survive, we need to thrive in this life - to grow, enjoy, create, share, and love. These are all simple things, and their capacity lies within each of us if we choose to make them a priority.

    blessings,
    John
    thehillofbeans.com

  • Love this…i am writing a letter to my daughter who turns 18 in a few weeks and added a few of your thoughts to it. I wish I could bottle this site and give it to her, since she doesn’t have the patience to read it as I do…

    One thing that I struggle with often is #10. My husband’s personality is such that he turns around whatever others say to suit his needs. It can mean walking on eggshells trying to state some truths. As I’ve gotten older, I am less inclined to do so, yet find myself falling back to placating to keep the peace. Over time this has taken a toll on my and my sense of worth, and now I see it in my kids, particularly my son. I’m trying to work on being more true to myself than his reactions. However, my way of dealing with this has become to not speak rather than counter what he is saying. I know its not the right course, so much of what you both write has brought that home. Time to re-evaluate…

  • Also, quite frankly, even if you did live your life to others expectations, they probably wouldn’t even notice it, or appreciate it, even if you mentioned it. You make this ‘great effort’ and they don’t even care. So why bother?

  • Thank you :). I have often wondered how much of an effect the external situations and people have on us. Turns out it is a lot more than I had in mind. I thought why on earth would people want to satisfy others at all costs, and then I realized even I was trying to do the same consciously or unconsciously. A few really lovely pointers on the site, letting oneself go, endearing the truth, realizing that the same people will not be there to hold our hands forever… These certainly are 18 gems to follow :)

  • It’s taken a really hard time, but I am realizing… this very year and maybe working on it this very moment… that I can’t please everyone. Trying is just exhausting and it doesn’t always work. Better to try to please me while still being a kind, gracious person.

  • @Tracy:
    I so identify with you - I’ve been treading on egg shells for 39 years (today actually). I have always given in for the sake of a quiet life, hated conflict just wanted everything to be OK. Lost all sense of identity. Two weeks ago my partner said he wanted space to go his own way and would be leaving sometime soon! At first the thought of living alone seemed daunting, looking after a large house etc. I had the opportunity to get away for a couple of weeks and have had time to reflect and consider what I want for myself. I have been so inspired by the words of Marc and Angel and others who comment on this site and feel I can face the future in my own strength and find out who I really am.

  • I have spent my entire life pleasing others before myself, looking for approval everywhere. If you remember the movie, “The Runaway Bride” there is a scene in which Richard Gere tells Julia Roberts that she doesn’t even know what kind of eggs SHE likes. She’s too busy liking eggs the way her other boyfriends liked them. Well that’s me - but I’ve decided that I need to look at what makes me me, get some counseling and use what years I have left to enjoy this, one-time-around, life. By the way, I don’t really care for eggs - no matter how they’re prepared :)

  • I was into middle age before I learned this. It wasn’t until I moved to Paso Robles and started over that I rebuilt my life to answer only to God and myself for my choices. I’m sure I still have a lot of growing to do, but it won’t be in the direction of meeting the expectations of others anymore. I have learned to say no when I sense someone is just trying to fill a slot and the request is not an urgent one in line with my priorities.

  • I’m still working on that #16, but I’m practicing with little things, trying to work up to the bigger things. It’s really scary to speak up sometimes, and being vulnerable isn’t comfortable, however, I do believe it’s necessary to get to the happiness and the living. You have to be strong and at least pretend to be confident to take a leap of faith. Fake it until make it, and do it as if there is no choice. When I do this I try to have a back up idea or plan to try to keep the forward motion going rather than just waiting to win or fail. Failing isn’t so bad if you’ve got a possible way out, and you’re “positive, oh well, try again” game on. This one made me smile and laugh out loud because it’s not natural to put yourself before others, but it’s necessary and we all know it deep down. We can’t help anyone else until we learn to help ourselves. Love you guys. Everyone have a fabulous day.

  • Destiny okafor
    May 1st, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    I believe that after everything… we are all left with that one person we see in the mirror as we wake up… that’s our superman and motivator.

  • I think this website was sent to me (via a photo on FB) as a reminder of lessons I learned when I was much younger. Having grown up in very difficult circumstances with various abuses from different people - including my own mother - I had to teach myself that I could only accept responsibility for me and my actions. I don’t normally have a problem accepting my part and letting the rest go, but recently at work I have been dogged by people - whom I help through the non-profit work I do - telling me that I’m not doing enough or verbally beating me up over things that don’t matter in the grand scheme. Sometimes my own inner voice gets drowned out by the din of the others yelling at me and making me feel small. Today was one more rough day in a three week cycle and then I opened the picture on Facebook. Sometimes things are put in our path for a reason. I needed this reminder to make my own inner voice rise to the top again and remember to leave the others to themselves.

  • My problem is that I set expectations for myself that are too high. I have always not really cared what others thought of me, which should have made me a lot more content in life. The problem is that I guess I took that self granted freedom and constrained it by placing too high expectations on my self. I am bar far my own worst enemy, I can never live up to my own expectations.

    Maybe if I view myself as an “other” I will be a little more at east. Just then I worry that I will never accomplish anything. Just keep doing what I do and maybe one day I’ll impress myself.

  • I’m pretty sure JK Rowling did not get tons of rejections for Harry Potter. Love your work either way though. Thanks for being awesome!

  • I’m one of your readers who always benefits from your posts. But this is the first time I wanted to share my experience how I was able to realized to think of me first.

    In all my relationships and interactions with people (i.e. Friends, partner, family, colleagues at work), I always prioritize them. Myself and my needs is always last on the list. There came a point that I gave everything that I have and that’s when and where I felt the worst disappointment in my life ever. After an incident that opened my eyes and forced me to be hospitalized for the first time. No one I cared for even cared to see how I doing in my hospital bed. And I will never forget what my doctor told me: “Usually when I enter the room of my patient I can see either their family, parents, siblings, husband, children, friends. As I can see, it seems you’re living alone.” It was an eye opener for me. And I replied “Yes I’m living alone”. It was a painful realization to myself that I can only depend to myself.

    From then on I promised to myself that I will put ME first on my list and in all situations. With that I started the PROJECT ME. Maybe you will think maybe I’m not a good person, that made it more painful for me because I am not. I was abused and used, yes. But it will never happen again. At least, at the age of 48, I learned to give importance to what I need, what will make me happy, what will make me grow, what will make me a better person. And that’s included in my PROJECT ME.

    Thank you Marc and Angel for guiding me thru your wonderful site. Thank you.

  • @judith.. hi, i read your comment and i really felt that it’s brave of you to have been holding on to that relationship, even though it’s holding you back. but i think u should let go of it now. it might seem very hard, but it will be worth it. true love gives you confidence and freedom to stand for yourself. But if its the opposite then its a parasitic relation. That person might be with you for his/ her own confidence boosting.

  • Thank you so much for these. These are such awesome reminders for everyone to stop caring about what other people think. Live a happy and meaningful life, as long as no one gets stepped on along the way, and you’ll be fine!

  • Some nice points. I think our life boils down to the fact that it is YOUR life. Other people’s opinions, and particularly their opinions of YOU, are none of your business.

    My life is the sum of my decisions at the end of the day. I take full responsibility.

  • Married, twice. Divorced, twice, the 2nd was 25 years ago. A handful of failed relationships later, I have spent the last several years living alone, & have no qualms about doing so for the years I have left. After a lifetime of giving in, compromising, giving up, postponing, placating & hoping things would change, I finally have peace at the end of the day. I don’t have conflicts, I don’t have to explain myself or my actions. Only one of my friends has taken a similar path; the rest are a bit baffled by my independence. At times I see old couples together & think that must be nice, but then I wonder what price they have paid. I have become a difficult woman………it would take a truly amazing man to persuade me to even entertain the possibility of a relationship now. It is hard to explain to someone else just how sweet it is to be free to be myself, finally!

  • This list struck my inner core to the max. When I was growing up I thought that it’s so cool that I get things done and my strong trait of independence is at the highest peak. Until recently, I realized that i have allowed co-workers, family and some friends to depend on me too much. I am a co-dependent and I’m working to set healthy boundaries to empower others and allow me to breathe also. It’s very hard but I’m a constantly developing to be better and better, to allow change happen in harmoniously. I breathe deeper now and I choose to like me more!

  • Thank you so much for this post - it really hit home. A few months ago, I had an epiphany and realized that I had spent the majority of my adult life living to please others. I wondered why I was so unhappy and why I felt so unfulfilled. Then something clicked, and I realized that I wasn’t living for me. Many of my decisions had been made out of fear - fear of not living up to others’ expectations of me. As you stated in this post, I was existing, but not living. I have made a conscientious choice to focus on what’s important to ME, not what’s important to others. I only have one life to live and that’s my life, not anyone else’s.

  • @Kevin B: Good for you! Sounds like your wife and son are pretty awesome too! =)

    @mike i: One of the most influential sources of peace is simply being comfortable with who you really are. Not trading your reality for a role, or your truth for an act. Not giving up your freedom of thought. You’ve invested your thoughts and time into the things you love. You’re an inspiration!

    @Jonathan Look, Jr: Everyone should read your comment. Guaranteed results!

    @Judith Barillas: Remind your friend you’re not being argumentative, you’re simply expressing your opinion. The two of you should be able to participate in thought provoking conversations without one being right and one being wrong.

    And remember, if you feed your confidence you’ll starve your fear. So in small and manageable situations, practice acting confidently – even if you don’t feel confident. Speak up in a meeting. Introduce yourself to someone new. Challenge yourself to do something a bit beyond your comfort zone. As you take action and see some success in these smaller situations, you’ll feel more and more confident.

    @Laurie: You’re welcome! Thank you for the book recommendation.

    @Craig: I can completely relate to what you’re describing. I remind myself of all I’ve accomplished and really take a moment to recognize how far I’ve come. It’s great to pursue dreams and constantly strive for greatness but not at the expense of enjoying and appreciating the present. You are enough! You have achieved so much in the last 5 years! I know it’s not easy but set aside some time each week to reflect on your accomplishments.

    @April: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was rejected 12 times and J.K. Rowling was told “not to quit her day job.” Pretty inspiring!

    @Elijjah: Project ME, I love it! Great idea. =)

    @All: If the face you always show the world is a mask, someday there will be nothing beneath it. Because when you spend too much time concentrating on everyone else’s perception of you, or who everyone else wants you to be, you eventually forget who you really are. So don’t fear the judgments of others; you know in your heart who you are and what’s true to you. You don’t have to be perfect to impress and inspire people. Let them be impressed and inspired by how you deal with your imperfections.

    You all inspire me by the way you speak and own your truth. And as many of you have pointed out, it’s never too late to reconnect with your true self. Thank you for being YOU! :)

  • Hi, very enlightening post. We cannot please everybody, that is life. So you might as well be yourself. Thanks for sharing.

  • I think it’s important to distinguish between “ignoring” and “letting go of negativity”. If we simply ignore the negativity, it’s still there, we are still feeling it, but you are pretending not to. I find it much more helpful to come to terms with it, observe it, and be with it and allow it to pass. This way we train ourselves not to react, but to accept the reality of what is happening, and learn to let go of the attachment associated with it. Simply by recognizing “I am feeling anger”, or approaching the negativity with compassion as to understand that the person or circumstance is more than just what is appearing at that moment, in this way we move away from judgment as well, which I find very important.

    Nice blog!

  • I wrote about my experience with this on my blog just last week. I found that I was deeply unhappy in my life because I was constantly trying to live up to others’ expectations instead of living the life that I truly dreamed of. Because of that I make a lot of bad choices. I’m through with that now and living the life that I truly want. Thanks for the great post.

  • You all have helped me so much. You will never know how much I have learned. I am in my sixties and never knew most of these things. I certainly didn’t know them in my thirties. Bless You

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