Stop Selling Yourself
It might not seem like it at first, but once you disconnect from the world, you'll realize how healthy and needed disconnection is.
In life, we are all victims of the world's explanations. We live lives that are pulled in all sorts of different directions, and we tend to live to please others at the expense of losing ourselves. Disconnecting from the world, via a social media fast or a nature outing, is necessary to gain perspective. How many things in your life have you let destroy your peace? When is the last time you've been in your own world, outside of the world of everyone else?
Pleasing people shouldn't come at the expense of losing yourself.
Let me tell you something—no one has it figured out, but after a lot of soul searching, I think that there are a few things we can all prioritize to achieve our goals. We all have different goals, but I believe all goals lead to peace in some way. Some people focus on material wealth, but material wealth is a means to an end. Material wealth leads to peace in some way, and although everyone has different preferences to achieve that peace, everybody on earth wants peace whether they know it or not.
Stop focusing on the wrong things. Loneliness sucks, but filling your life with toxic people sucks even more. Free yourself from the illusion that you need validation from the world—that path will never bring you peace. Free yourself from the notion that life is about filling voids, because if you let your voids take the driver's seat, you'll never end up where you need to be. Let me ask you something—what can you minimize in your life that will automatically maximize peace? What can you take away that will bring happiness? What are some things you know deep down that you need to let go of?
It's time to work on minimizing the things you don't need, because those are the things keeping you from your true self. It's time to create peace instead of pain, and it's time to become the person you deserve to be. Although it might seem hard to believe from where you're standing now, your world will get better when you get better. It won't happen quickly, but when you improve yourself, you're investing in future happiness. Keep that perspective in mind, and you'll fix your life one problem at a time. Your family, your household, and your friendships will improve. Your career will improve, your emotional health will improve, and you'll understand that you can do anything you set your mind to.
It all starts with you.