Today's prompt from Reverb10:
What (or whom) did you let go of this year? Why?
(Author: Alice Bradley)
I let go of trying to explain why I wanted to achieve my goals. There are some people who, when I mentioned something I wanted to do or something I wanted to accomplish, would immediately respond with, "Oh, I could never do that" or something similar. I realized that rather than an invitation to talk more about my goal or dream, this response was an invitation to turn the conversation back to the other person again. Or worse yet, this person had invented an imaginary competition that I didn't know we were in, and any sign that I wanted that this person didn't was a sign that I thought I was better than him/her. I've been there. When I feel myself wanting to respond that way, I know it's because I'm feeling insecure. But instead of trying to prop that person's self-esteem up (too exhausting and unproductive), I've found that it's better to just let the topic drop. I tend not to spend too much time with people who aren't on my side anymore.
I like hearing about other people's goals and dreams. There's nothing more fun than seeing someone light up talking about something they are really excited about. I've tried living without dreams, just surviving day-to-day, and it's a lousy way to live.