Somebody’s Watching Me

vinegarstareToday’s card is not a card so much as a reminder. Do you live your life as if everyone is watching you? Do you worry that the world is judging your every movement?

Sometimes I feel that way. I can feel eyes watching me. It seems as if the whole of the world knows I will stumble.

And you know what? If I live my life with that fear, guess what happens? Yes, you know it.

I stumble.

I try to be a joyful person as well as a joy seeker. I don’t see them as the same thing. I work hard to maintain a good outlook on life but, like everyone, there are situations and people that make me snap.

But I don’t worry about what those watching eyes think. I can’t live my life walking to their wants, their needs. I can’t plan my day with “what will X think or say about me.”

I have to live my life for me.

Of course, when it’s this particular set of eyes watching me, I’ve found that putting food in her bowl really helps get rid of that being stared at feeling.

What do you do? How do you deal with the expectations you think the world has of you?

For your 180 seconds today, I am challenging you to identify one expectation that you try to meet that you don’t want to meet. Decide if that expectation is truly you or if it is someone else.

Don’t live someone else’s life for them, darlings. Live your own. You are doing a beautiful job of it.

Seek joy, y’all! Pass it on.

Vinegar Stares, Arwen Lynch, 2012

Vinegar Staring. Arwen Lynch, 2012

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One thought on “Somebody’s Watching Me”

  1. This one is incredibly hard for me! Because of Big Boy’s issues, he is monitored at so many levels, and likewise his family. My Dear One says, “We’re his parents, we get to decide what’s best for him.” However, I find it hard when we have a parade of “experts” saying he should do this, have that, not do the other… I actually had a dream about this just last night, trying to argue my case for him in front of a panel, and them labelling me with all kinds of psychoanalytic terms, bah! Okay, clearly something I need to work on, a lot…

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