I read this quote and thought 'this is exactly how I'm living my life'! You can tell by the repeated words 'others think' that the author must have gotten some negative feedback or advice in her life. I can relate to that.
I've gotten lots of negative opinions as advice in my life, as with everyone. Over the years, I've gotten stronger, wiser and learned to do what I feel is right, no matter what others think or say. I admit it's hard sometimes; even draining when it's people you have in your daily life. However, as long as I'm doing what feels right; which means I'm not feeling any anxiety or guilt; then I usual prove the naysayers wrong. Not that I get admissions very often, but I know (big smile) and that's all that matters.
Years ago I would cringe at negative comments. Often doubting my decision and even changing my mind at times from the pressure I felt. I obviously didn't trust or believe in myself back then. Maybe I tried too hard to fit in or gain approval. I suppose it depended on the circumstances. At any rate, that is one of the areas I've grown the most in.
This 'process', as with most, took time and self awareness. I am very thankful for the experiences that have gotten me to where I am today. I now take risk without remorse, care without regret, dream without limits and expect the happiness I deserve. This is why I feel that I'm truly 'Living my Life'!
"There comes a time in your life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. You surround yourself with people who make you laugh. Forget the bad, and focus on the good. Love the people who treat you right, love & pray for the ones who don't. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is a part of life, getting back up is living."~Lisa Yance