Growth: Completely Normal
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Growth: Completely Normal

Growing Out of Your Shell

Growth: Completely Normal

I am often somewhat hypocritical of the advice that I give to others. I am always the first person to tell others to "do what makes them happy and don't look back", but I have somehow forgotten to take this advice for myself. I was doing things that made me unhappy simply because I decided that I had to do things that I hated to prove that I could do them. But, I decided to stop that and take my own advice for once, and I have never been happier.

Sometimes being honest with yourself isn't the easiest thing to do, but when you are honest with yourself, great things will come. I was honest with myself, and acknowledged that I was not as happy as I could be and then I made a change. I chose happiness, because I realized that it was only up to me.

I also chose to do what made me happy because I realized that life is too short to please others and lie to myself. If you want to make a change, then make it, because who knows if tomorrow won't come. When you make a change in your life, try new things, and make the most out of everything. It will all be worth it.

There comes a time when you realize that things that you used to enjoy don't make you happy anymore, and you are not obligated to keep them around just because others expect you to. If you have outgrown something, do not feel like you have to keep doing it, because personal growth is a normal part of life, and a healthy part of life at that. Think of it like this: when a crab outgrows its shell, it does not try to continue living in the small shell, it gets a bigger shell, and moves on with its life. Do not continue forcing yourself to live in the small shell when the aspirations and ideas you have inside you are bursting out and yearning for a bigger shell.

Sometimes growth can be uncomfortable and uneasy at first, but it is entirely essential and natural. Do not let the opinions of others discourage you from getting what you want, and most importantly do not base your decisions on the happiness of others. If you choose to do what makes you happy, the joy that you will emanate will reflect off of others and you will get positive feedback. It's crazy what can happen when you actually take your own advice, and choose happiness.

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