Deny Opposition

If we spent less time trying to prove to other people we are worthy, we’d be more productive and valuable citizens of the world.

I reblogged this photo on tumblr.

Being internally driven is a gift. If you don’t have it, you may never get it. On the other hand, you can foster the notion can you not? Practice denial of the judgment of others. It’s a positive trait.

I chose this photo for my post because I think it’s easy to get caught up in pleasing others. There is a place for that but the core is just you. From cradle to grave you walk alone. Life shouldn’t feel like a cosmic interview all the time. The reality is, we all live in poverty. We all wish we had more.

Be smart and thankful and you’ll be way happier than most. But most of all, define your notion of success and then measure your own progress toward goals. That, and never feel like you have to prove shit to anyone but yourself. As you achieve your own goals, you’ll just be better no matter what anyone thinks.

This is a response to the Daily Post’s one word prompt: denial.

Author: Damien Riley

Damien Riley is a blogger, film reviewer, & podcaster who writes a column at RileyCentral.blog once a week. He has an MA in English from California State University, Fullerton. He married a high-desert princess (now his queen). They have 3 children.

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