It's a simple truth but one that most people never fully take to heart. Most of us would admit that it's true, but how many of us actually live our lives in a manner that shows that we've taken that truth to heart?
The reason why it's so hard to stop caring about what people think is because since birth other people's opinions have helped to shape who we are. Think about it: how else would we know how to act in society, what was acceptable and what wasn't, if we didn't take input from everyone around us?
So caring about what others think about us isn't totally a bad thing when we are children and still learning the basics of how the world works.
Problems start to arise, however, when we become adults and we continue to look to the world around us for guidance on how to live our lives.
Because the world around us can be wrong! We've all heard of the 'herd mentality'. Whole groups of people can be influenced to behave in ways that are actually harmful to them. It happens everyday. And it will happen to us if we just blindly go along with the crowd.
People will always judge you and try to get you to fall in line with their beliefs, ideas, and way of life. And if we are concerned about how others view us we will find ourselves adopting their ideas just to fit in.
But if you are serious about living free in this world then you have to think for yourself! You have to make decisions and behave in a way that reflects your ideals, principles, and way of life.. The only way to be truly free is by being yourself!
The good thing about not caring what others think is that it gets easier with practice. The more you go against the grain and do what you want, the easier it becomes. No one wants to be the butt of others jokes or be looked down on by peers. But eventually you stop caring what they think. You start enjoying the freedom so much you can't hear the jeers!
It's not an easy task, but it's a necessary one. You were put here to live YOUR life. And the only way to do that is to stop living everyone else's.