Choose your path. Having a happy life is about making your own choices. The way everyone else does things won’t work for you all the time. That’s a simple, but true fact. A life filled with possessions does not equal happiness. And, just because everyone else thinks something should be done a certain way, it doesn’t mean it’s the best way, or the only way.
When it comes to others, be helpful, compassionate, be kind and be grateful. However, you should never try to live up to their expectations. To live your life freely, you have to free yourself from the shackles of meaningless customs that other people set up for their lives, so you can live a life of spontaneity and freedom.
Who are you living for? What are you living for? Certainly, I am all for living to help other people, but when we begin to live our lives to the expectations of other people, we end up living lives we don’t want. And what do we get when we live up to the expectations of all these other people? Nothing positive.
Staying the same as everyone else doesn’t make everyone else happier, or make them like you any more, just because you do your best to do what you think pleases them.
Many of today’s expectations are not expectations that came out of nowhere. They are customs built up over the years, often very consciously by corporations trying to get us into expensive buying habits. For example, we have so many clothes, gadgets and other possessions because ads have sold us on the idea that we need clothing to look stylish, to be successful, to feel like somebody important or special… or to be as good as the people on TV. It wasn’t always this way, and it’s up to us to decide whether we want it to be that way from now on.
Learn to “Go against the stream, the other fish don’t know where they’re going either!” You will find out that, in the end, you will be much happier.