DO WHAT IS RIGHT – SOMEONE WILL HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY ABOUT IT NO MATTER WHAT.

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I am occasionally paralyzed by what others think of me, and I have the unfortunate habit of basing my opinion of myself on the opinions of others.  This is hilarious based on two things:  1) I basically live my life on social media and 2)  I am creative for a living.

No matter what, we are going to be judged for what we do, whether it is the way we grieve, the way we create art, or the way we tell our personal stories and live our lives.

Someone, somewhere, is going to have something to say.

This could be positive feedback, or negative feedback.  You should see how nervous I get before I post a photo on the Stonehouse page (like physically ill nervous for some photos), or before I post something of mine on the Schoep page.  I am terrified of what anyone might say.  I may look like I don’t care, but some days I REALLY care.

I need to get over it.  We all need to get over it.  It’s not that easy, though, and it’s even worse when those closest to us cannot understand why we care so much.

For myself, I just need to make a decision, act on it, move forward and no longer listen to the critics (or at least hear them a little less).

This is obviously easier said than done, so I have a little quote up on my wall from Eleanor Roosevelt:  “Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway”.

Do you agree?  Do you care what others think?  Or have you grown up enough to no longer care so much?

And welcome to all my new readers!  This journey has been amazing :)