Thank You, But No Thank You: Notes on Being Your Own Person 

Whatever you do, make sure you are doing it for yourself. While it is a blessing to receive advice from our loved ones even they have the tendency to force their own ideals and emotional baggage on us. 

It is important that we learn to think and move for ourselves on our own time without living up to the standards of our parents, grand parents and spouses. You will often find yourself living in the shadow of someone who has all of the answers because they have lived it before. Experience is a beautiful thing but we must’nt forget that each experience is different and we must do things according to the reality in which we are apart of. What worked for one person may not work for the next despite how adamant some are that it will. 
I am thankful that I have developed the capability to accept advice without feeling obligated to respond to situations in the way I am told to. Rather I collect and consider what my loved ones advise and apply it to how I see fit to handle things… If I even apply it at all. 

Be open to new ways but do not forget to think and do for yourself. 

At the end of the day you are the only one who will answer for the decisions you make… So make them wisely, not weakly 

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