If there’s one truth in life, it’s that people will always have something to say about how you’re living your life. Whether it’s family members, friends, or people you don’t even know (which is most often the case), people want to chime in and give their two cents as to what you should be doing.
The other truth in life is that you don’t owe an explanation to anyone about anything. Especially about these six things!
Your current living situation
You could be living underneath the bridge in a cardboard box, with your ex-spouse and their new partner, or finding a new hostel to sleep at every other week--and it would still be no one else’s business but your own. You know what you’re doing and why you’re doing it, so don’t feel like you need to justify it to anyone but yourself.
Not being sorry and not apologizing
There will be numerous times in life when things get complicated or situations turn out poorly, and you’re going to want to apologize because you instinctively feel inclined to do so. But, if you’re not sorry about what happened or still feel slighted by someone and don’t really care about how they feel, you don’t owe them an apology. Stick to your guns and act in a way that is right by you, not someone else.
Not saying ‘yes’ to everything
Learning how to say ‘no’ is one of the biggest challenges we face in life. If we don’t learn how to do so, we end up doing things we don’t want to do and regretting it. If it’s not a priority of yours, you don’t need to make it one. If your focus is on you at the moment, you don’t need to explain that to anyone and shouldn’t feel bad about turning people down.
The nature of your sex life
Sex is something people often feel very strongly about, and everyone’s views on it differ. So, whether you’re saving yourself for marriage or sleeping with a different consenting adult every other night of the week, you don’t need to explain why you’re doing so to anyone but yourself. Do what you want with your body and be safe!
Career and life choices
In the developed Western world, capitalism reigns supreme and many people judge your worth by how much money you make--which is complete and total crap. If you chose a lifestyle and career that makes you happy, you don’t need to explain why you’re doing it to anyone. On the other hand, if you like working and enjoy having a flourishing career that nets you a ton of money, that’s fine too! As long as you’re loving life, you don’t need to bother with what others think.
Disagreeing with what others believe
There are tons of people who are passionate about their beliefs, values and customs, and that’s fine. It doesn’t mean you have to agree with everything they say. You owe it to yourself to stand up for what you believe in and give your side of the story, even if it’s the total opposite of what’s being said to you. Just disagree gracefully and politely and acknowledge that there are differences in opinions in this world. Don’t get frustrated and upset with someone for not believing what you believe.
h/t Life Hack