Sometimes the only validation you need in life is yours

“How would your life be different if…You stopped allowing other people to dilute or poison your day with their words or opinions? Let today be the day…You stand strong in the truth of your beauty and journey through your day without attachment to the validation of others”

― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

Very often the choices we make in life don’t always make sense to those around us. It’s human nature to have an opinion about what everyone else is doing – forgetting that others are doing the same to us behind our backs. Ah humanity!

Most of us crave validation and a feeling of acceptance in society – so much so that we sometimes make choices based more on what others would say then what we might be saying to ourselves.

Jamie Ford once wrote, “The hardest choices in life aren’t between what’s right and what’s wrong but between what’s right and what’s best.”

And while people will be more than happy to offer their opinions, only we truly know what’s best for us when it comes down to making choices. We’re the ones who will live with the results – the ups and downs; the joys and the struggles; the possibility of failure that truthfully hovers over every facet of our lives.

But as long as you can look on your decisions as being what was “best” for you, not what’s right or wrong, things have a funny way of working themselves out.

So be proud of your well-thought out choices, without needing the validation of others. You’re bound to get countless opinions, but the only one that should matter is yours.

Leo Babauta once remarked, “At the end of the day, the questions we ask of ourselves determine the type of people that we will become.”