The peer-pressure that the kids are facing can be difficult and even overwhelming for them. It is up to us parents to arm them with the right tools and help them to become strong, independent, and confident. It took me a while to make my older daughter understand that she is unique and the only person she needs to compete against is herself. She gets it now, and I am doing the same with my younger one.
I have even seen adults sometimes being unconsciously pressured and getting irritated by what they can’t do or afford. The booming of social media can add to that pressure. People only see what’s on the surface which is only a fraction of the whole picture. The small image is so far from the true and can be misleading.
From an early age, I have learned to appreciate what I have, and I also knew what I wanted to be. I am grateful for all the amazing people who inspired and mentored me. Although I admire them, I know that my path is different from theirs. Our race is different and they can only motivate me to reach the finish line on my own timing.
We must focus on our own selves and strive to live a beautiful and fulfilling life with what we have. We need to keep up with ourselves by raising the bar a little higher every day. Doing so will help us become the best version of ourselves.
As Spring always brings new life, may we let our gifts shine! As we are replenishing our own baskets, let’s remember to motivate someone and have them take the ride alongside us. Together, we will be stronger and better.