Focus On You
If you've been following me, you know how passionate about the outdoors.
Yesterday, I was on top of the clouds—literally. It was amazing; I jogged up a mountain and I saw this incredible view from the top. Although I love hiking, that isn't what today's message is about. Before I step on any toes, I just want to clarify that I don't think we should stop helping others. That being said, we live during a time people care way too much about social media, and about the opinions of people who don't care about them.
When you're busy focusing on somebody else's life, that means two things. First, it means that you have nothing to focus on when it comes to your own plate. Like I said, I don't want anyone tearing others down. I don't want anyone else throwing someone into the bus just to build themselves up, but let me tell you something—being a great human and being fair to yourself and your own needs aren't mutually exclusive. You don't have to be selfish or cruel to focus on yourself—in fact, I would argue that you'd be far more selfish to deprive the world of your true self by neglecting self-love.
You don't know where anyone else came from, and no one will automatically know what you've been through.
It's easy for all of us to sit back and hurl negative opinions at people, but at the end of the day, the best thing any of us can do for ourselves is pay ourselves more attention. The best thing to do is to get off the couch and stop trying to make ourselves feel better by putting others down. Everybody has an opinion to share about something out there, but not everyone should. It's easy to get wound up in the lies of social media, but the reality is, the world would be a much better place if we were more authentic with both others and ourselves.
We all have the same 24 hours. No one is going to live your life for you, and when you're on your hospital bed, the world won't stop for you. You've got to realize that we all go through the same struggle, and success in this life demands independency and hard work. If you've been busy criticizing others lately, take that as a sign to focus on yourself more. It's up to you to progress, and it's up to you to keep growing. Stop offering nothing more than criticism to the world—you and I both know that you can do much better than that.
It all starts with you.