“I love you” and “I’m so proud of you,” are probably two of the most needed phrases anyone would want to hear. No matter how big or small the accomplishment is, just the mere thought of knowing you have the love and support of others, not only feels good, but is extremely rewarding. “Somebody cares?” Is what I’d often murmur to myself, while soaking up the occasional compliments and praise. Then, one day I wondered, what would happen if the light ceased to shine? What if the curtains closed and the applause stopped? Would I be okay if I was ignored and overlooked the rest of my life, even though I’ve accomplished some great and wonderful things? Should I continue to strive to do my best, or quit, because maybe my best isn’t good enough? Sometimes I sit and try to envision what life would look like without the validation and approval of others, and honestly, it still looks the same. Instead of the cheers coming from the crowd, they now come from within.
Whether it be family or friends, everyone is not going to be a part of your cheering squad. Many people won’t clap for you, and sadly, it has nothing to do with your performance. Whether they applaud or not, you don’t need to hear the fanfare to confirm that you are doing things right. Your execution is more than enough proof!
Until next time my NOTE takers!