I have always tried to live by Shakespeare’s wise words, “To thine own self be true.”  Knowing this and doing this are two entirely different things.  It seems so easy, yet it is so very difficult to shut out the outside world and live our best lives by being true to ourselves.

In today’s world of social media and likes seeming to dictate how we feel, connecting to myself almost seems like a foreign concept.  I have found that by trying to simplify my life I am happier and feel more fulfilled.  Just knowing that this is indeed true has helped me to breathe easier and connect to myself in a more meaningful way.

By trying to be society’s idea of perfect, I have almost lost my way and my own personal quirks that make me an individual.  New Flash!  We are not all supposed to be alike!  I have always marched to the beat of my own drummer.  By listening to other’s drumbeats and caring so much what they sound like, I fear I might lose the sound of my own rhythm.

Too much outside pressure is sure to make me listen to everything that is rapidly coming my way.  In order to feel connected to myself and thus, happier, I need to listen to my own inner voice.

Believing in and feeling connected to myself is the surest way to feel more inner peace.  And this is my goal–to feel more inner peace.  So the answer seems simple enough, right?  Mute the outside voices that the world is constantly shouting in my direction.  You’re not good enough, not pretty enough, not thin enough.  Quieting the outside judgmental voices that the outside world constantly bombards me with seems to be the answer.

We all want to feel good about ourselves.  By listening to outside influences, we risk hearing other’s voices instead of our own.  By listening to my own voice and connecting to myself, I believe I am on the right path towards inner peace.  Now there’s a connection worth fight for–Connecting to Myself.