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Who makes you feel old?

Does being childish mean you’re immature?

Does being mature mean that you must give up your youthful playfulness?

Does being responsible mean that you can’t be lighthearted about serious issues?

The labels and expectations that we adopt for ourselves are more about how we want to be seen, rather than what others expect of us.

When we lose sight of these choices that we’ve made, we blame society for the weight of our lives.

Our perception of who we are is the root of the joy or torment that we experience in our lives.

It is also the root of whether we grow old before our time, or do we remain young until the day we die.

Sometimes we lose ourselves to duty and servitude because we feel so intensely responsible for doing our part, or because we believe that we must take up the slack that others leave behind while they’re enjoying their life.

How we feel about doing it is more important than whether that is true, because if we feel burdened, we’ll experience the heaviness of responsibility.

But if we connect with the value that we want to create through our service of others, we’ll feel the joy of fulfilment in connecting with that value, rather than focusing on whether we’re appreciated or not.

That is the beginning of learning to appreciate ourselves before we expect others to make us feel worthy.

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Zaid Ismail

Author, life coach, and mental health activist. We need to change the narrative from disorders, illnesses, and survival to accountability, understanding, and thriving.

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