Implicitly – through the status quo, media and expectations of others – we’re taught that we should try and fit in and measure ourselves up against others. When maybe what we should be taught is that there’s no such thing as a ‘normal’ person, only a ‘normal’ of us – where we’re completely ourselves, we love ourselves deeply and we think and act in ways that feel aligned with our souls.
We’re taught that there’s a single definition of success, and it involves an established career, large house, acceptable body shape, marriage and annual holidays. When maybe we should be taught that everyone has their own path to walk in this life, and what brings true meaning and deep fulfilment differs for all of us. We should be encouraged to live, work, date, play, create, travel, eat, drink, move, laugh and sing in ways that feel right with our soul. That is true success.
Possibly the most damaging myth of them all, we’re taught that daily happiness and joy is a silly and starry-eyed goal, and we should be more realistic. Our purpose is to blossom into our full authentic magnificent selves. There should be no guilt or scorn attached to pursuing this endeavour.