The only people you need to impress

Caught in the mental loop of comparison?

It happens to the best of us. What starts innocently with liking pet photos posted by friends moments later becomes obsessing about thigh gap and self-worth.

You’ve heard it before — don’t compare yourself to anyone else — but this image by Mari Andrew refocuses our attention.

If you’re gonna worry about what people think, focus on these two.

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The younger and older versions of yourself decide your life has been worthwhile.

You’ve been a good person, tried your best, made a difference, loved fully, laughed openly, and given with all your heart. If these two are satisfied, you should be too.

What makes your 5-year-old and 85-year-old selves proud?

What do they boast to their friends about you? Share in comments below.

Surprising, isn’t it, what’s important to them and what doesn’t matter at all. Or maybe it makes perfect sense, because they see who you are beneath the surface and beyond today’s to-do list.

They see and love the real you. I hope they think you’re as fantastic as I do.

A loving reminder for approval-seeking A-students

I saw this on Instagram and had to share it on my feed too.

Us approval-seeking A-students can get caught up in responding to what others need, and exhaust ourselves from being overly available (anyone else's September calendar already filled?!) in an effort to be liked, respected, valued. Loved.

Take a minute in the midst of whatever you're doing right now to go inside.

Believe in yourself and then it doesn't matter -- you won't even notice! -- what anyone else thinks.

[Quote from ShineText and MantraBrand.]