Truth is, no matter what we do, say, think, believe, we cannot please everyone. There will always be someone who won’t like it and won’t be afraid to tell you so. We cannot meet everyone’s expectations. So why don’t we just focus on pleasing the one person who will have to live with you: yourself. You have to live with your actions, your choices, your perspective, so why are we trying so hard to please others when we can so easily please ourselves. Do what makes you happy, what makes you grow, what makes you live. Set your own standards, create your own rules and live your own life. It’s your life, not theirs.
Life isn’t about being better, happier, or more successful than the next person, or thinking that we’re not good enough when we aren’t. Life isn’t about comparing others against our own standards or about comparing ourselves to others’ standards. There is no universal way of measuring happiness or success. Life isn’t about justifying our behaviour in favour of another’s. All we can do is be happy and successful on our own terms. All we can do is be better than the person we were yesterday, in the past, before. All we can do is control our own actions, responses and energy, and be aware of its impact on ourselves and others. Life should be about being the best we can be at this moment. Don’t waste it chasing ideals not of your own making.