woman in a bright blue shirt and black pants leaning against a grey wall

let your smile change the world

One of the greatest lessons I’ve learned is that your idea of happiness and success and someone else’s idea of happiness and success may not be the same. Just because society dictates that something is the “norm” does not mean it HAS to be that way. There are no set defined rules to life – live it the way you want to and do not let the judgment of others or the pressures from society govern or control what makes YOU happy.

It used to be that you would go to school, go to college, get a job, get married, buy a house and have children. Then that cycle would continue for the next generation. Today, I do not feel like this applies to a majority of individuals. That being said, when someone does ask me if I feel happy and successful there is this voice in the back of my head that measures against these stereotypes of happiness and success. It took me a very long time to learn to turn those voices off and to not let the stereotypical definition of success weigh me down and make me feel depressed about what I am doing with my life.

You create your own definition of happiness and success. Do you. Be you. If you feel happy with your place in life and you feel good about your successes in life (big and small) then throw what society dictates out the door.

Let your smile change the world. Don’t let the world change your smile.

– Kimberly, family-oriented, adventure seeker, dinosaur enthusiast, animal lover, fashionista, outdoor woodswoman, believer in fairytales and love