You do not need anyone’s constant approval. The need for approval is like an addiction. If you base all your actions on the approval of others, ultimately you find yourself running in place, sacrificing your own happiness. Don’t put the key to your happiness in someone else’s pocket. Learn how to say “no” to people and obligations that do not add value to your life. Your time on this planet is precious. As the saying goes, “What you do today is important, because you are exchanging a day of your life for it.” Don’t wait around for someone else to give you permission to live.
Give as much as you can, but don’t allow yourself to be used. Listen to others closely, but don’t lose your own voice.
Say what you need to say. Speak your truth. There is no greater sadness than holding on to the words you never had the courage to speak.