The quote above is from a newspaper in the Philippines, but I forgot to write down who said it. Either way, it's a great statement and something I can certainly relate to.
As I get older I've become less concerned with what people think of me and more concerned about taking care of myself and just being happy. I don't rely on other people to make me happy or find happiness in acquiring things. I rely on myself to be happy.
I know it can be a challenge to just let go of what others say. It's in a woman's nature to want to please people. We think that if we look a certain way or act a certain way we'll be accepted and deemed "cool". It took awhile for me to tell those voices inside my head that I wasn't doing enough to shut the f**k up.
When I was in my 20's I worked for Contempo Casuals and Wet Seal, two companies where fashion was emphasized -- and because I was surrounded by women with strong opinions about how the world should work and how people should look, I was easily swayed into following their lead when it came to how the store should be run even though I was the store manager. However, I always stuck with my own sense of fashion and style despite what was considered "in" or "out".
Do you wake up and put on a certain outfit or wear a certain type of makeup because you genuinely like it and feel excited about expressing yourself in this way? Or do you wear clothes or put on makeup because that's what everyone else is wearing? Do you do things because people want you to do it, or because you really want to do it?
Are YOU being your truest self?