Don’t spend your entire life feeling guilty about doing the things that make you happy. Sometimes, you just need to follow your heart and let everything else go. Here are 20 things you don’t need to feel guilty about:
1) Doing what’s right for you
Your family and friends may think they know what’s best for you, but sometimes you just have to follow your heart. Remember that it’s your life.
2) Not cleaning your house
It’s okay not to clean if you don’t feel like it. You don’t have to stick to your usual routine or feel bad if you decide to do it some other time.
3) Not living up to people’s expectations
Don’t live your life trying to accomplish other people’s expectations. Have your own goals and make your own rules.
4) Your career goals
It doesn’t matter if you won’t make much money out of it. As long as you are passionate about your job and love what you do, just go for it.
5) Not checking your emails
Not clearing your inbox every single day does not make you incompetent. It’s alright to have a life outside of work.
6) Hanging out alone
You have the right to decline invitations and spend some time alone. You don’t have to be around people all the time.
7) Your life choices
As long as you’re not troubling anyone, just do whatever that makes you happy. Ignore those who disagree with your choices.
8) Having “unrealistic” dreams
You are allowed to have your own dreams, even if people think it’s crazy. Stay true to yourself and never let anyone belittle your passions.
9) Pampering yourself
It’s not a crime to spend your hard-earned money on shopping, trips, or massages once in a while. Just make sure you save for a rainy day.
10) Doing what you love
You can have weird or silly hobbies. It’s what makes you unique. You don’t need other people’s approval to do the things that make you happy.
11) Your relationship status
Don’t feel guilty about being single or in a complicated relationship even if all your cousins or friends are married. It’s better to wait than marry for the wrong reasons.
12) Doing nothing
Wake up late if it pleases you. Stay home and do nothing if it makes you happy. You don’t need to be perfect all the time.
Feel like watching your favourite TV series the whole day? Do it. What you do with your time is your business. Just don’t make a habit out of it.
14) Not having a perfect life
You don’t need to have an Instagram perfect life. It’s normal to have some bad days. Never envy what other people have either. The grass is not always greener on the other side.
15) Not earning as much as your friends
Don’t look down on yourself if your friends have higher positions. Just focus on yourself and follow your own pace. It’s not a competition.
16) Saying ‘no’
You can say ‘no’ even if it doesn’t make other people happy. Sometimes you just need to put yourself first. In fact, being “selfish” once in a while is necessary.
17) Eating what you want
Eat that chocolate cake. You only live once. As long as you do things moderately, you are allowed to eat whatever you want.
18) Distancing yourself from toxic people
It’s okay to stay away from toxic family members and friends. You don’t need to force yourself to be around them. Do what is best for you.
19) Not being an early riser
Don’t feel bad for wasting half of the day. Sometimes you need to get proper rest and it’s okay to stay in bed longer.
20) Standing up for yourself
Don’t be guilty for voicing your opinions, even if it offends others. You have the right to stand up for yourself and fight for what you believe in.
Danila was a magazine writer focused on lifestyle topics and a communications specialist in the telecommunications industry where her work was published or broadcast via several offline and online media channels before shifting to freelance writing. Besides writing, she enjoys travel, taking photos, and reading.