Someone told me recently that everyone's purpose in life is to be true to themselves. Our whole reason for being here is just to be us; to play our part in the lives that we touch, and to let others play their own part in our life.
That same person told me that the best way for me to be true to myself is to "do what my gut tells me." But what about when your gut doesn't have the answer? When you second guess every thought and every decision?
Sometimes, I think, "I should do this," and then - I stop. I worry about how my actions will affect someone else. What if it makes them angry, or hurts their feelings, or even just makes them uncomfortable? It goes against who I am to treat others that way; so I stop. I don't follow my gut.
Other times, I worry that my gut reaction is based on something I've misunderstood, or over-thought. If my gut is misinformed - how can I rely on what it's telling me to do?
I've made both mistakes in the past. I've believed in things, and in people, and made decisions based on that faith. I've said things thinking it would be received one way; only to have it backfire completely. I've hurt people's feelings, and been hurt myself, simply by saying the wrong thing at the wrong time.
I've grown a lot as a person in the last couple of years, and I'd like to think that my instincts have improved. I'd like to think that I can rely on my gut to tell me what to do, because I know myself better. I'd like to think that I'm smarter, more aware and more willing to take risks and to stand up for myself and for what I want in my life.
But anyone can make a mistake, right?
What do you do? Do you go with your gut? Or do you wait; analyze, consider and reconsider?