I wrote this back in 2013 and this still rings true.
Growing up, my grandma used the phrase over and over again, “I would rather be alone than in bad company.” I always agreed, and believed that yes, of course anyone would rather be alone without someone who is bad company. However, most of the time we are in bad company and we accept it as part of our fate. Sometimes we surround ourselves with people that aren’t necessarily doing anything for us, besides providing an anchor. That’s exactly the opposite of what we want.
Today the true meaning dawned on me. We sometimes surround ourselves with fun, interesting, sweet people. People that may love us to death, and we might feel the same. They could be anchors. And while I don’t have one particular person in mind in my life, I can think of other people who, in close friends and family’s lives, hold some of them back. But the best way to succeed is to free ourselves of these people. It doesn’t have to be completely, but it does have to be enough so that you can accomplish everything you want! You need to feel encouraged at all times, and surround yourself with people who believe in you and your dream. Sometimes, whether we want to believe it or not, we are the anchors because we place restrictions on ourselves. Be the type of person that you want to be around. Don’t hold yourself back, and don’t surround yourself with people who make you feel bad about yourself or that don’t celebrate you!