When I asked my 11 year old son, “What do you want to become when you grow up?” He replied nonchalantly, “I want to be myself.” I was disturbed because he is not concerned about the future. Then, I realized that he has a point. It is good to be yourself and relieve your mind from the pressure exerted by the society and parents to look up to someone and be someone. There are hardly few people who dare to say that I am happy in my own skin and I want to be me. It takes courage to do so. The next moment I went to my son and appreciated him for being courageous enough to admit that he wants to charter his own course. In fact, I learned a big lesson from him, that I should follow my own instincts rather than looking for acceptance and validation from others. Why don’t we follow our gut? Most of us live the life looking for the acceptance and never getting one. We don’t trust our own beliefs and instincts and fail to unleash the power within us. Our own happiness and decisions depend a lot on the choices what others make for us. We may feel that we are too close to see things in right perspective. But, you will get the right path, only when you will turn inward. The strength of your character is determined by believing in yourself rather than looking for the approval from others.
“What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small man seeks is in others.” –Confucius