“In the film Out of Africa, pioneer Karen Blixen confesses, “My biggest fear was that I would come to the end of my life and realize I had lived someone else’s dream.”…Many people have all kinds of ideas about how you should be living, but they do not matter unless they match your vision for yourself. Well-intentioned as others may be, no one knows your heart and destiny as well as you do.
The disease to please is a prevalent one. It shows up in the son who plays out his parents’ hopes for the childhood they never had; the daughter who marries within the faith although she loves another; the wife who dares not defy her husband’s wishes; the teenager anxiously striving to fit in with peers; the employee sweating to win the favor of his boss; religious adherents trying to be so good so God will not send them to hell. But they are already in hell. If you deny your truth to fit into another’s, you will find yourself there too.”
Alan Cohen, in “Why Your Life Sucks…And What You Can Do About It”
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