When the world is forcing you to stop and take a break, and you are given the opportunity to self reflect, it should be embraced wholeheartedly and the occasion used to fully connect ourselves to how we feel inside as well as out.
Use the time to understand who we are, pay attention to how we are growing and trust our own judgements.
Only when we are truly connected to our feelings and we give ourselves the time and freedom to listen to our gut instinct without presumptions, can we understand what boundaries we need to place for our own benefits.
Despite what is going on around you, and what others may tell you or show you, you need to able to trust what your gut instincts tell you and follow what you feel is best for you.
If something doesn’t sit right with you, no matter how normal and accepting it is for others, you should never feel compelled to follow others approval.
Our inner voice, our intuitions sometimes speak out to us to protect us, especially if we are faced with an unknown outcome of a situation.
We might not have the answers and there may be no hard evidence at hand but when you can feel something is not right, usually it isn’t.
And following your gut instincts results in identifying things you see as red flags.
For example if some of your friends are smokers and you are not, and for them it is a norm and often they invite you to join them, you may not know what habits you might like to take up but you can identify that smoking is just not for you.
As a result you have identified a boundary for yourself.
And no matter how much something is encouraged, if you feel that it is not for you then you should listen to yourself and follow what your heart tells you.
Because only when you take the time and make the effort to understand yourself can you identify who you are and what you like.
And this should be applied to every aspect of your life; how you are spoken to and how you are treated should be what you are comfortable with and not how others are or how they feel they should treat you.
So embrace who you are and give yourself the opportunity to listen to your inner voice rather than dismissing how you feel for others.
Reflect. Love. Heal.