However, if we can manage it and stop it from taking control of our lives, then it shouldn’t become a barrier to our potential success. In one way or another, our lives are intertwined with other people. What we do affect other people. What politicians decide in parliament affect every citizen in the country. What you do now may affect your future kids and their future friends.
We can’t run from it. It’s the circle of life (cue Lion King). But what we can control is how we react and response to it. Sure, we’re all in this together (cue High School Musical). But that doesn’t mean that we should and need to allow other people’s opinions to hold us back.
You want to start recording that vlog but afraid of what your friends would say? Record it anyway.
You want to start that side business and sell makeup kits but anxious about what your colleagues would say behind your back? Do it regardless.
You want to speak against that annoying colleague and call out their toxic behavior? Say it louder for the people at the back.
You yourself know what, and who, matters to you, and that’s all that’s important. Who cares about what other people think, anyway, if you know that your loved ones will always be there to support you? Why does it matter what the rest of the world thinks if you know you’re fighting for something that is important to you?
Just look at Greta Thunberg
. Greta fought for climate change and demanded actions from politicians and world leaders despite being a 16-yo girl. She received quite a lot of backlashes from people, saying how she should stay in school or that she’s being used and everything. But did those comments stop her?
So, as a reminder, to you and myself (mostly to myself, actually): Focus on what and who matters to you. As long as you have them in your back and know what you’re fighting for, that’s all that matters.
There’s no need to worry about what other people are saying (behind your back or in your face), because you’re the only person who knows what it’s like to be in your shoes, so live your life how you want it to be.