What’s the one piece of advice you wish someone had given you a year (or five, or ten…) ago?
I have always cared what other people think. I guess it is human nature to conform. To not be different. To fit in with everyone else.
Why? I really don’t know. I can say that after going through all the trials and tribulations of my life, what other people think makes no difference in my situation. I still seem to care.
I have seen a saying “I used to care what other people thought until I tried to pay my bills with their opinion.” While that is great advice, I still care.
I have been the victim of rumors and lies. I am sure many people have. There is no truth to it, but it still hurts that others have the wrong opinion of you. No matter how hard I tried, I was not able to change people’s opinions. But, I still cared.
Humans like to label everything, including people. They judge you and make assumptions based on your looks. No matter how wrong that might be. But, still, we care.
At the end of the day, we have to live with ourselves. Did we try to do our best in whatever we did? Were we kind? Did we help others? These are the things that really matter. And what others think doesn’t change what you did or did not do.
I wish someone had told me not to care what people think when I was young enough to believe it.