Stand Up For a Passion
People are going to try to bring you down. It's up to prevent that.
There's a lot of mean people out there. Society is loaded with people that say all sorts of demeaning things that really benefit themselves in order to tear down someone else.
Why? Because it's easier. It's easier than dealing with their own problem themselves and allowing themselves to change or evolve, whether related to the issue or not.
I'm sure it's happened to us all.
A few months ago, I listened to a workshop given by Dr. Jade Teta, who spoke about becoming a "Next Level Human". To sum it up, one of the takeaways was that when you seek to make changes to better your life, it's important to eliminate anything that will hold you back. Easier said than done.
Whatever that change may be, whether it's family, work, a hobby, a life choice, a decision, no one's opinions about it are allowed to hold you back from you living YOUR life.
Listen only your conscience, your own personal red flags, and anyone whose life will be personally affected by this change. It's their life too, after all.
And if you can't make that person listen, they aren't worth their place in their life. You may need boundaries, to cut back your time, or a full elimination, which is where the soul-searching and tough parts may come from.
But if it means that your life is better, and you're living it the way you need to, then it's one less restriction.
Sometimes lifestyle changes can cause this behavior in people, especially when you make progress. Physical progress breeds mental and emotional progress when you start to attain your healthy goals.
And people get jealous. They start to tear you down or make fun of you. "When will you let yourself eat a few fries?"
They feel a certain power in telling you that. They'll laugh if they can cause you to cave, because they see that weakness. Strength can make themselves feel insecure, maybe even threatened.
They can't have that power to make you get derailed. They cannot control your life that way. Empower yourself and eat that salad with gusto, because they can't bring down your intentions!
"No, I'm not going to skip that class at the gym just to go drinking with you."
"No, I'm not going to give up what makes me happy because it isn't your cup of tea."
So this post is for anyone that has been their, knocked down a notch from someone else's insecurities. Maybe it happened before, so learn from it and do better nect time.
Because there sadly will be a next time.
It's not their life. It's yours. Go do it.