After high school, we are expected to figure out what we are meant to do and go after it. We have unintentionally conditioned ourselves to do what is expected of us instead of trusting our gut and what God is calling you to do. It is as if others accepting us is the only way we can accept yourselves. This even has an impact on the smaller things in life such as an Instagram caption. How many times have you caught yourself trying to come up with a good caption and then realizing the only thing you’ve thought about is how others will read it and what they will think about it. We are so afraid of making mistakes and looking stupid that we refuse to step out of the norm and do the things that are desperately calling us. I can think of so many situations where I chose to do what everyone expected of me so I can feel validated instead of doing what I feel God is calling me to do.
This year I am trying to teach myself to trust God, trust myself, and trust His timing. How many times have you been put into a difficult situation and you ended up surprising yourself with how you handled that situation? Give yourself that credit! In that situation, you trusted yourself and you succeeded. It can be so easy to become hyperaware of what we are doing and saying and become out of trust with yourself because we are so worried about what others will say.
We have to learn to have confidence in our choices. You aren’t living life if you continue to overanalyze every situation we are given. Trust is like a muscle and the more you work on it the stronger it becomes. You have to learn to catch yourself when you start to lose your trust in God and in yourself. You also have to remind yourself that at the end of the day life is way too short. Odds are that the people I’m worried about looking dumb in front of are also worried that they make look dumb themselves. We have to learn to trust the direction God is pulling us.