Things About Your Life You Need to Stop Being Sorry For

Things About Your Life You Need to Stop Being Sorry For

In an effort to fit in and seem amenable, chances are you stuff down certain qualities or hobbies you have or things about your life that you’re not all that proud of. The problem is that in doing so, you stop living an authentic life and end up apologizing for being who you are. While we can all improve ourselves in various ways, never apologize for these things — you have nothing to be sorry for!

1. Being Yourself

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Never feel the need to apologize for being who you truly are, no matter what anyone else thinks about it. You’re one-of-a-kind, and that’s something to celebrate, not apologize for. Your quirks, idiosyncrasies, and personal style are what make you stand out in the crowd. Embrace them and let your individuality shine!

2. Your Appearance

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So you’ve put on a few pounds, or maybe you’re not rocking designer clothes. Who cares? You’re more than your looks. Don’t apologize for not meeting some cookie-cutter beauty standard. The real beauty lies in being comfortable in your own skin, and that’s a confidence that radiates.

3. Saying “No”

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Listen, you can’t do everything for everyone all the time. It’s okay to say “no” when you’re stretched too thin or just not feeling it. Don’t apologize for setting boundaries and taking care of yourself. You’re important too, and your well-being matters just as much as anyone else’s.

4. Your Past

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We’ve all got things in our past that we’re not proud of. But that’s the thing — it’s in the past. You’ve grown, you’ve learned, and you’ve moved on. Don’t apologize for your history. It’s a part of your journey, and it’s shaped you into the person you are today. That’s something to be proud of.

5. Chasing Your Dreams

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So you want to be a rock star, write a novel, or start your own business? Go for it! Don’t apologize for having big dreams and chasing them. Your dreams are your North Star, guiding you toward your true purpose. Other people might be too scared to go after theirs, but not you.

6. Your Emotions

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Happy, sad, angry, excited — whatever you’re feeling, it’s okay. Emotions aren’t something to apologize for. They’re a part of being human. So feel what you feel, and remember that it’s okay to experience the full range of feelings. They’re what make life rich and meaningful.

7. Your Success

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Never apologize for your accomplishments in life. You’ve worked hard, you’ve earned it, and you should be proud. Don’t dim your light for anyone. Your success is a testament to your efforts and dedication, and it’s something to be celebrated, not hidden. As long as you’re not bragging or throwing others under the bus to get where you want to go, you’re good.

8. Your Opinions

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Everyone has a right to their own opinions, and that includes you. Don’t apologize for having a point of view. As long as you’re respectful, there’s no need to say sorry for speaking your mind. Your opinions add to conversations and make them much more interesting and thought-provoking.

9. Taking Time for Yourself

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Everyone needs some me-time, and there’s no need to apologize for it. Whether it’s a spa day, a Netflix binge, or just some quiet time with a good book, never say sorry for taking care of yourself. It’s really important for your mental health and overall well-being.

10. Your Beliefs

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Whether it’s your faith, your political views, or your personal philosophy, your beliefs are a part of who you are. Don’t apologize for standing by what you believe in. It’s these beliefs that guide your actions and shape your worldview, and they’re just as valid as anyone else’s.

11. Your Career Choice

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So you’ve chosen a road less traveled when it comes to your career? Good for you! Don’t apologize for pursuing what you love or what you believe in. Your career choice is a reflection of your passion and interests, and that’s something to be proud of, never sorry about.

12. Your Relationship Status

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Single, married, divorced, it’s complicated — whatever your status, there’s no need to apologize for it. Each person’s journey is unique, and there’s no set timeline you should be following. You’re living life at your own pace, and that’s perfectly okay.

13. Not Having It All Figured Out

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Life is a mystery, and it’s okay not to have all the answers. Don’t apologize for feeling lost or unsure. It just means you’re open to exploration and learning. Remember, even the wisest people are still figuring things out, one day at a time.

14. Your Hobbies

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Whether you’re into birdwatching, collecting stamps, or playing video games — your hobbies are yours to enjoy. Don’t apologize for what brings you joy. Your hobbies are a reflection of what intrigues you, relaxes you, or sparks your creativity. They’re a part of who you are.

15. Your Financial Situation

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Whether you’re wealthy, just getting by, or somewhere in between, don’t apologize for your financial situation. Money doesn’t define your worth or your success. Remember, it’s not about how much you have, but what you do with what you’ve got.

16. Your Life Choices

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Every decision you’ve made has led you to where you are now. So don’t apologize for your choices, even if they’re different from what others expect. Your life is your story, and you’re the author. Keep writing it your way.

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Gail is Bolde's social media and partnership manager, as well as an all-around behind-the-scenes renaissance woman. She worked for more than 25 years in her city's local government before making the switch to women's lifestyle and relationship sites, initially at HelloGiggles before making the switch to Bolde.