“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”
~ Steve Jobs
When I was younger, I thought I had all the time in the world. That my days were never-ending, and I would have plenty of time to do the things that I wanted to do. Plenty of time to live out my own dreams once I had lived up to the expectations of those around me. That was my focus – living up to what other’s thought I should be doing.
This was my life and I was okay with that, until I got sick. Until I received my diagnosis. In a single moment, my life changed. I needed surgery or I would die. It was guaranteed with the 100% odds of death that was given to me. This moment is what I considered a defining moment in who I have become today.
After this moment, I no longer cared about reaching the goals set for me by others. I no longer worried about the opinions of others. I didn’t care if what I was doing happened to be a crushing disappointment to someone else. It was the first time I’ve ever lived for myself, and I can tell you, it’s freeing in every sense of the word.
It brought me a happiness that I had never known. Happiness isn’t even the correct word. I felt contentment. Satisfaction. Self-gratification. Joy. My life finally delighted me in ways I never thought possible.
Today’s quote rings true for me. Live for yourself first. Make yourself happy. Everything that comes after will find its place in your life.