Tonight I watched a moving documentary about Diana, Princess of Wales and the country’s reaction to her tragic death.

I still remember the exact time and place that I was when I heard the news 20 years ago as I am sure most of the nation does. The fact that one individual touched so many people at levels it’s sometimes difficult to understand, highlights just how unique and significant she was and remains to be.

What emerged throughout the programme was that not only was she beautiful and alluring, she had the ability to connect with people on an individual basis. She possessed a graceful yet down to earth approach and wasn’t afraid to live her values, even challenging the Royal family at times. Unfortunately what was also evident was the incessant press intrusion whereby Prince William shared upsetting memories of his mum crying numerous times after being chased, harassed, called names and even disgustingly spat at by the media.

No matter whether you live in the public eye or not, when people make false or fictitious comments about you the default reaction can be one of anger, pain or disbelief. So how do we stop caring about what other people think?

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5 Reasons Why:

Life is just too short

I know that’s a statement we hear a lot nowadays but it’s most often used when it’s time to let go of something which displeases or upsets us. At the end of the day life really is too short not to live it the way each one of us wants to. We only have one shot at this wonderful opportunity called life so live it!

You will never please everyone

Not everyone’s opinion is going to be the same, imagine if you were that bothered by what every single person said and you changed your actions and/or behaviours to suit them? Would everyone be pleased? Of course not! The only person who is going to be the most unhappy is you.

Other people’s opinions are just that, theirs

Sometimes it’s because of their own insecurities being projected on to you but by living other people’s lives through their opinion means you let go and forget your own goals and dreams. That freaks me out, why would anyone do that?!

This is your life

No-one is walking in your shoes but you. Opinions can sometimes help or shape a direction you are moving towards if it’s going to enhance your journey but the approval…that comes from only one person. And by the way that’s you.

Happiness comes from within you

If you become obsessed with what other people think then you change behaviour to comply with what they want you to do. But what about you? What is it you want to do? It’s important to do what makes you happy.

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Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice

~Steve Jobs

In the documentary Prince Harry shared one thing he remembers his mum saying, “Be yourself in everything you do and give as much as you can.” That has stuck with me as a great piece of advice which I will most definitely take on board as I want to live the happiest and best life that I can.

I believe if we can be genuine, kind individuals being the very best we can be, we will live a purposeful life. What an exciting prospect! Life is about doing what makes us happy and getting rid of the things which don’t.

Have I missed anything? Any other reasons to add? I would love to hear your thoughts.

 

N x

So hey you, yes you..I want to thank you for reading my post. Whether you’ve stuck around since the beginning of my journey or whether you’re new to my blog, thank you for reading and supporting. I genuinely appreciate it.

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3 Comments on “5 Reasons Why We Shouldn’t Care What Other People Think

  1. Today I shared my blog on social media after a couple of weeks of dreading it. I was so nervous about what people would think and if I would be judged. In the end I just thought it’s my life and if I want to do something I should! Love your post, it’s made me realise I did the right thing xx

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    • Congratulations and well done you for sharing it after a couple of weeks and after dreading it so much. Don’t ever let anyone take a part of you away, believe in the wonderful thoughts and opinions you have in your own mind. I’m going to read your post for sure! And you are so right it is your life and it’s an amazing feeling when you feel your own voice and have control! High five to you lovely lady!!! Proud of you!!!! Xxxxxxx

      • Aww thank you so much, I’m so happy that I just did what I wanted to do. It’s so important to remember that even if it something scares you, we have to push ourselves out of our comfort zone and just not care about what others may think! Thank you for your lovely comment back xxxx

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