“We all spend our lives kicking the crap out of ourselves for not being this way or that way, not having this thing or that thing, not being like this person or that person.
For not living up to some standard we think applies across the board to all of us. We all spend our lives trying to follow the same path, live by the same rules.
I think we believe that happiness lies in following the same list of rules. In being more like everyone else. That?
There is no list of rules.
There is one rule. The rule is: there are no rules.
Happiness comes from living as you need to, as you want to. As your inner voice tells you to. Happiness comes from being who you actually are instead of who you think you are supposed to be. Being traditional is not traditional anymore.
It’s funny that we still think of it that way. Normalize your lives, people. You don’t want a baby? Don’t have one. I don’t want to get married? I won’t. You want to live alone? Enjoy it. You want to love someone? Love someone.
Don’t apologize. Don’t explain. Don’t ever feel less than. When you feel the need to apologize or explain who you are, it means the voice in your head is telling you the wrong story. Wipe the slate clean.
And rewrite it. No fairy tales. Be your own narrator. And go for a happy ending.
One foot in front of the other.
You will make it.”
– Shonda Rhimes, Year of Yes