If you are a parent with kids in school, you’ve probably already signed your fair share of permission slips: permission to go on field trips, senior trips, play a sport, etc. It seems as if from the time we’re born, we are always seeking permission from someone for something, from our parents, peer group, partners, bosses, and society. Is it any wonder, then, that so many of us have trouble moving forward on our own paths because we feel as if we need permission from those around us first?
I can only speak for myself, but I was no different growing up, and even well into my adulthood. It wasn’t until I retired from my 9 to 5 and finally made the decision to write full-time that I realized that there was no one I had to ask permission from. In reality, there never was. Once I became a grown-up and moved out from under the influence of my parents, my life was my own to live as I wanted, but by then the need to get permission from others was already a deeply ingrained habit. It’s a shame that it took me so many years to figure that out, but what a gift when I finally did!
When we make the choice to create our authentic lives, we get to sign our own permission slips. We get to give ourselves the green light to travel, to try new things, to live a completely different lifestyle than the one we grew up in, or to just enjoy every day as it comes along. No one needs someone else’s permission to be happy.
This week over on the Home Page, our writing assignment is all about giving ourselves permission to live the life we’ve dreamed. As always, have fun with this and remember to just keep writing.
Peace and blessings.