Everyone loves to have an opinion, right?
These days more than ever before people have a public platform where they can air their views, which I think is a great thing. However, this means that anybody can do it, and I do believe that people say things they'd not say to someone's face.
This doesn't only happen on social media. It happens in friendships, families, workplaces and in all relationships.
For a very long time, I used to fully take on board what others thought. In fact, sadly, the opinions of some people actually stopped me from going after my dream of being an author. I let them stop me. I denied myself of the one thing I loved to do the most. For many, many years.
What I've learned in the past couple of years, and being working so hard on, is distancing myself from those opinions. I've been going deep within myself to connect with the place from which I share my stories. And that place my friends, is the place of love, and caring, and compassion, and kindness. It is from the place within me that is passionate about helping other human beings to find out who they are, get clear about what they want, and create a fulfilling life. That's where I come from.
You see, there have been people who did not believe the stories I've told. People who told me I was lying, that I made the stories up. And, there have been people who believed certain images of people that I posted were used as a marketing ploy. In one such post, I actually talked about my immense love and gratitude for the person in the picture, and I was attacked and bullied by three people as a result. I was asked to take it down. I did not.
Why am I telling you this? No, it's not to get attention or start a pity party. I'm not a victim here. I'm an incredibly strong woman who is super passionate about sharing her story in the hope that it may help others.
You see, this story is a perfect example of what can happen. This is the exact situation in which we need to stand our ground and come back to ourselves. We need to stand strongly in who we are and why we do what we do.
We must stop bullies.
We need to understand that the opinions of others do not matter.
What matters most is your own truth.
I'd love to hear your story. If this resonates, please comment below.