Naomi Osaka shares inspirational message as she vows ‘to celebrate myself and accomplishments more’
Naomi Osaka is determined to take a more positive approach to life as she has vowed to stop telling herself that she “sucks” or “could do better”, encouraging others to do the same.
The four-time Grand Slam winner will make her return to Grand Slam tennis at the US Open following her decision to withdraw from the French Open and Wimbledon in order to protect her mental health.
After competing at the Tokyo Olympics she revealed that the Games was an “eye-opener” as athletes praised her for raising awareness about mental health while she also admitted a fortnight ago that she felt “ungrateful” in attitude to tennis.
Ahead of the defence of her US Open title, the 23-year-old took to social media to share more about her journey of personal growth as she urged her followers to celebrate the small victories in life.
“Recently I’ve been asking myself why do I feel the way I do and I realize one of the reasons is because internally, I think I’m never good enough,” she wrote.
“I’ve never told myself that I have done a good job but I do know I constantly tell myself that I suck or I could do better. I know in the past some people have called me humble but if I really consider it I am really self deprecating. Every time a new opportunity arises my first thought is ‘wow, why me?’.
“I guess what I am trying to say is that I’m gonna try to celebrate myself and my accomplishments more, I think we all should.”
Osaka, who is looking to win a third US Open trophy, will face Marie Bouzkova in the first round at Flushing Meadows.
She added: “Your life is your own and you shouldn’t value yourself on other people’s standards.
“I know I give my heart to everything I can and if that’s not good enough for some, then my apologies, but I can’t burden myself with those expectations anymore.”
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