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Chapter 3: You Are Not Special
“The knowledge and acceptance of your own mundane existence will actually free you to accomplish what you truly wish to accomplish, without judgement or lofty expectations.”
Our culture today is obsessively focused on unrealistically positive expectations, such as being happier, healthier, smarter, faster, richer, sexier, etc. This type of mindset is further propagated by the media, who try to sell being extraordinary. However, they are selling you a lie If you buy into their manner of thinking, you begin to feel inadequate.
If you keep looking for the bigger and the better, you will become overly attached to the superficial and fake, and will spend the rest of your life searching for the happiness and satisfaction that is not there. When you accept yourself, flaws and all, you will achieve true happiness.
Remember, your flaws do not make you any less of a person. Yes, they make you different, but there is nothing wrong with being different! Acknowledging and working on solving your insecurities, will allow you to become more confident and charismatic. You are who you are, and accepting it is the first step towards achieving happiness.
Accepting yourself also means to understand that you will make mistakes. The fear of making a mistake must not keep you from trying again. You may not always be the best, but if you try, and keep trying, you may surprise yourself.
Actions to take
Let go of entitlement.