Sometimes we need that extra boost because it helps us know that we're not alone in the world! Ok this may be a bit more for me, rather than for you. lol
Let's start with holidays because today is Easter! - a happy day, a day that most celebrate. However if I may . . . holidays are often a time of sadness for me because I think about my family - I miss them; My family and I are estranged. Nevertheless, my best friend always shares with me that your family can be the people you choose. And the ones who've become my chosen family throughout all these years... have always been my students, my assistants, & my mentees because I feel like they are always the ones who get me together lol (aka they teach me and I learn about myself, through them); They make me feel loved and appreciated (btw I received the most beautiful message from a former student today). And though they have their own families and some have chosen to move on . . . I still have this DIPR (deeper) love for all of them, to this very day! No matter what!
Back to the subject at hand - External vs Internal. And what do I mean pray tell
. . . VALIDATION?!?!?! Let's talk about it! I have chosen both explanation marks and question marks because sometimes it makes us feel too good because it comes from an external place and at other times it makes us question (internally) if this is something that we really need:
Well in my opinion, whether the validation is external or internal - it matters. Without external validation our work, our creation, our stories aren't seen, nor won't be acknowledged, and without the internal validation that empowers us, we wouldn't take that leap of faith or tell ourselves "Yes, I'm dope!." haha
So yes to VALIDATION?!?!?! We need it, you need it, I need it . . . BUT never become beholden to external validation - It should merely put a smile on your face!
~ deeply out ❤