No One Gets to Decide for Us What A Good Life Is

There are lots of voices shaping our idea of a “Good Life,” but freedom comes when we take ownership of that narrative and choose- with mindfulness, integrity, and the wisdom of voices that have *earned* our trust- what the life we actually want to live looks like.

Listening to our deep desires can be terrifying for many of us, and it can be much easier to orphan our desire to someone else’s idea of a “good life.” Listen to your inner voice, spend time in contexts that expand your worldview, and if you feel a little lost, seek the counsel of a friend, therapist, or religious leader who can help you explore and examine.

No one gets to decide FOR you what a good life is.

It’s easy, even (especially?) for mental health professionals, to define a “good life” with a certain picture of wellness- but being attuned to the people we work with means helping them listen for THEIR goals, ethics, and ideals.

NOTE: religious definitions of a good life can be your best life, but being pressured into any belief system without actively choosing it for yourself is often harmful.

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A illustation of a gallery wall with a center frame containing the words: “No one gets to decide for you what a good life is.” Illustration created by Lindsay Braman.

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