Monday, October 17, 2011

Inspiration from the Doctor

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”
Dr. Seuss

It’s a quote you’ve probably all heard before, and it’s one that has had a profound impact on my life. I’ve recently learned that I really don’t care what people think of me. Or rather, I’d like to not care. I’ve decided that I officially am not concerned with the opinions of strangers. Family and friends, however, are another story. It took a lot of work and painful humiliation to get this far, and I’m sure it will take an incredibly bigger effort to get all the way, but I’m proud that I can actually say that I do not care what random people think about me.

It was a messy transformation, but I have changed from someone who was constantly worried about what others thought of me. It involved learning how to set boundaries, finding my voice, and figuring out a little more about who I am. You see, I had to have some things that I was proud of in my life before I could accept that it doesn’t matter if everyone else likes me. And you know what? I’m happier for it. Now, if I get dressed up, I’m doing it for me, not to look good to strangers. I feel infinitely “lighter” realising this. The next step is to let go of the opinions of those closest to me.


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