Keep Choosing You
Every day, we make choices. Some of these choices are small and insignificant, like what to wear or what to eat for breakfast. Others are bigger, like which job to take or whether or not to end a relationship. But there is one choice that you must make every single day, without fail, and that is the choice of choosing yourself. Too often, we let other people choose for us. We let our parents, our partners, our friends, and our society dictate who we are and who we should be. We sacrifice our own happiness in an attempt to make others happy. At the end of the day, the only person whose opinion really matters is your own. Choosing yourself also means setting boundaries. It's not selfish to choose yourself—it's necessary. Prioritizing your happiness is not only good for your mental health, but you're also choosing to be your own best advocate. Think of the young girls who are still figuring out who they are and what they want in life. Showing them that it's okay to put yourself first sometimes will help them grow into strong, confident women who know how to advocate for themselves. To all the women out there reading this: I see you. I see how hard you're working every day just to keep up with everything that's expected of you. I see how tired and stressed and overwhelmed you are—and I want you to know that it doesn't have to be this way. You don't have to live your life trying to please everyone else while neglecting your own needs and desires. Instead of giving all your time and energy away to other people, start giving some of it back TO YOURSELF! Start making choices that are best for YOU. It won't be easy at first—but trust me when I say that it's worth it. Because when YOU are happy and healthy and fulfilled, everyone around YOU will benefit from it too. So please, stop putting everyone else first. Stop sacrificing your happiness in order to make other people happy. Start choosing YOU —and watch how much your life changes for the better.