Before 2018, Let’s Address This!
The need for validation …I’m over it! I’m seeing more and more of my generation looking to others for some kind of validation. I’m not going to throw shade though, because for a while I did the exact same thing. I got caught up in the social media hype, watching others lives via Facebook or Instagram. Wondering what filter I had to put on my life to be as cool as those that I double tap on Instagram. Pretty soon, I felt like I wasn’t doing enough in life simply because those around me were doing more.
The Harsh Reality
The truth of the matter is that we all want to be as successful and happy as those we see around us, but we never really think about what it might have taken for them to get there. Better yet, we never think about what that person might be missing from in life. Yet here we are, trying to catch up to these standards that we’ve now set based on someone else’s situation. This has got to stop! We have to learn how to embrace our own lives, make the most out of what we have, and write our own stories instead of reading others.
I think that #ValidationNotNeeded needs to be a trending hashtag. Why? Because I think that people forget that they are worthwhile despite affirmation from those around them. Having a support system is nice; having people believe in you is a blessing. But by all means, know that you’re the bomb with or without the approval of another person. Just because you see everybody going one way, doesn’t invalidate your reasoning for going a different way.
Have you ever felt the need to be validated by peers, friends, or family? Tell me about it in the comments!