In 2022, don’t worry about what other people have to say about you. Don’t worry about coming across as too clingy or needy or intense. Be your most authentic self. If others feel like you’re too much, then they don’t deserve a space in your universe. You should populate your life with people who appreciate how hard you try every single day, people who appreciate how much effort you put into the little things. You shouldn’t fault yourself for giving a damn. It’s beautiful that you haven’t let this world harden you, that you’re still capable of loving so loudly.
In 2022, don’t shrink yourself in order to get along with people who cannot understand where you’re coming from. Don’t change your core beliefs because you want to make others happy. You need to start paying more attention to your own happiness. As long as you’re treating everyone with kindness and respect, you can’t go wrong. You can’t worry about the people who will tear you apart, no matter what you say. You can’t live to please them. They aren’t your priority.
In 2022, be unafraid of speaking your mind. If someone crosses boundaries, let them know. If you are upset or frustrated or madly in love, don’t stuff those emotions down your chest. Let others into your thought process. Tell them how you’re feeling. Lying is only going to complicate things. If you’re honest about where you stand, you’re going to feel better in the long run. Remember, your opinions matter. You aren’t bothering anyone by speaking your truth.
In 2022, give out compliments whenever they pop into your head. Tell other people how much they mean to you. Don’t let yourself go another year without reminding others of their importance. They might need to hear it, and it’s always better to speak those kind words than to let them go unsaid. There’s a higher chance you’ll regret not saying anything than speaking it aloud. You never know what kind of impact you’ll have on someone, simply by being kind.
In 2022, be more honest with others – or at least with yourself. Instead of pushing away your emotions, embrace them. Examine them. Let them out. Remember that there’s nothing wrong with showing vulnerability. Your emotions are a part of you. You shouldn’t run from them or ignore them. They aren’t going to go away, so you need to develop a healthier relationship with them. You need to start listening to yourself.
In 2022, give yourself permission to care too much. It’s not cool to be heartless or numb. Having this much passion bubbling inside of you is a beautiful thing that you should treasure. Don’t try to hide it from the world. Be your most authentic self because the harder you try to make the rest of the world happy, the less happy you’re going to be. You can’t please everyone, so you might as well focus on pleasing the one person you can. Yourself.