Although the end of winter also means the end of seasonal depression, that does not mean you have figured out where you belong in the world. We all feel down sometimes and need a little pick me up. Maybe you are looking for a new career, or just went through a breakup, or maybe you just feel lost. No matter what, knowing your worth is a huge component to feeling happy.
But how do we get there? How do we feel like we are worthy in this giant chaotic world. You can always try exercising, traveling, reading. Although those things can help, they can’t completely fix an internal problem. So if you are having some trouble finding your own value, here are some quotes to motivate you.
On Separating Yourself from Opinions of Others
The first step to feeling like your own person and knowing your worth is to stop judging yourself by other people’s standards. Everyone is on their own journey in life and what works for them, might not work for you. Whether is comes to beauty standards, work ethic, or even daily routines, everyone is different. To love yourself set your own standards, and don’t be upset if you can’t meet them immediately. You are the only person who can judge yourself.
“Chasing a person doesn’t give you value or build values in you. You earn your value by chasing morality and practicing dignity.” ― Shannon L. Alder
“Don’t waste your energy trying to change opinions … Do your thing, and don’t care if they like it.” ―Tina Fey
“Strong people have a strong sense of self-worth and self-awareness; they don’t need the approval of others.” ― Roy T. Bennett
“Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.” ― Lao Tzu
“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” ― Lucille Ball
Believing in Yourself
Once you have separated yourself from the criticism of others, you then need to motivate yourself. It is not enough to tell yourself to ignore the opinions of others; you need to motivate yourself to be the best you can be. Although your mom may be your biggest supporter on the outside, you need to emotionally support yourself as well. You will not accomplish any of your goals if you do not truly believe that you can. The best encouragement for a fruitful future comes from within.
“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.” ― Marie Curie
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt
“We are what we believe we are.” ― C.S. Lewis
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” —Vincent van Gogh
Your Place in the Universe
When it comes to knowing your worth there are an infinite number of scales you can judge yourself by. So it is best to try and keep things in perspective. The universe is far larger than any of us could ever imagine, and we are all just tiny specks. Though the vastness of the universe seems scary, it can also be comforting. All the decisions you have ever made and will ever make are an infinitesimally tiny cog in a larger machine that existed long before you and will keep existing long after you.
Knowing how small you are compared to the universe can be a reminder of how insignificant trivial decisions can be. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Your worth in the world is not based off that one time you embarrassed yourself in third grade, or all the times you were late to brunch. The universe is so much grander than you can imagine, so don’t worry about all the things you have done wrong. Instead think about all the things you have done right.
“We are an impossibility in an impossible universe.” ― Ray Bradbury
“The universe is a pretty big place. If it’s just us, seems like an awful waste of space.” ― Carl Sagan
“The Universe is under no obligation to make sense to you.” ― Neil deGrasse Tyson