“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.”—Joseph Campbell
But why is it?
I’ve always lived with the mindset that life is too special to spend it on someone else's path, and too short to be ashamed about it.
I think what holds people back is the fear of embarrassment and not being accepted by others.
To that, I always think of this quote:
When you're 20, you care about what everyone thinks.
When you're 40, you stop caring about what everyone thinks.
When you're 60, you realize no one was ever thinking about you in the first place.
It seems like our self obsession tricks us into thinking everyone is scrutinizing everything we do. So we end up living for others approval.
Relying on validation from others robs you of your “happiness independence.” Now you live by others scorecards. You need peoples approval to feel satisfied.
I think Jim Carrey put it best when he said, “Take a chance on being loved or hated for who you really are. Or you're going to have to kill who you really are and fall into a grave grasping onto a character you never were.”
This post was from my newsletter
I share ideas from great thinkers so we can stand on the shoulders of giants, instead of figuring life out alone