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Validation Is For Parking - Austin Kleon

Validation Is For Parking – Austin Kleon

“Tell me who I am. Tell me what I’m worth.” If WE ARE not the ones asking this to ourselves, then we are asking the wrong person. What others know about us is what we choose to share…filtered through their own perception of life. Frankly, the validity others provide for us has nothing to do with us. It has all to do with how THEY see themselves and their world. Why be so consumed with seeking others to validate our existence?

If we pinch ourselves, we feel it. If we look into a mirror, we see a reflection. If we drink a hot cup of coffee, we taste the warmth and flavor of a beverage. We exist. We are real. There are many things outside of another person’s validation that reminds us we are here. A “like,” a retweet, a “heart,” a “share,” or a comment, are contributions that serve as reminders to each other that what we share on these platforms, resonates with another’s thinking and perspective. It is a bias opinion and bias opinions are all there is.

Validation is for parking. That is where we should seek it. In other aspects of our lives, we need to learn how to embrace ourselves, learn how to live our lives without asking for another’s permission or acceptance. It is our life. Our journey. WE tell others who we are. WE show others what our worth is. And if we are confident enough in who we are and our worth, then telling others won’t be necessary.

Validation Is For Parking – Austin Kleon
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Lily Daub - I am a freelance writer and dedicate myself to being a student of life. I am passionate about learning, sharing, and being witness to other's learning and sharing. I believe in the collective spirit and improving this world through compassion and love. Besides contributing to The Seeds 4 Life, I also write on my personal page 10lewrites.wordpress.com


  1. True. Most of us have low self esteem. So we try to validate ourselves through others.

  2. I think depression also heightens the need for validation. I agree with what you’ve said here. Thank you for putting it out there.

  3. Not so easy because if we depend on people’s validation who are in authority over us, we depend on how they see us

  4. Love the quote and post. Thank you.

  5. Very well said! All the “validation” in the world from others won’t make a bit of real difference if we don’t value ourselves.

  6. This post really resonates with me! I was the person who was always hurt in needing validation from others, to feel accepted and liked. I have learned that being happy with myself is the most important and there is no need for others validation. Still a work in progress some days, but this post is a great form making known that awareness and ability we all have. Good read.

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