I dare you, just try it. Try for one day to really not care what other people might think of you. Be careful though, you might get addicted to giving zero fucks. You see, when you stop all of the noise inside of your head, and stop devoting time to caring about what others think of you, you will start to make different choices in your life. You will start to choose things that make YOU truly happy, and things that fill YOUR cup. You’ll start to weed out all of the bullshit in your life, both self-inflicted and imposed. You’ll start to feel lighter, in your heart, and more free. You’ll see that what other people think of you and your life is irrelevant, because they are not the ones living it, you are! There will always be people who don’t approve of your choices or your course, that’s just life. So stop owning what other people think! Someone’s opinion of you does not define you. YOU define you. Try living life the way you want to, and the way you envision your life and if people like it great, and if they don’t that’s great too- it’s irrelevant because when you don’t own what others think, then it doesn’t matter anyway!
Stop for a minute and think about all of the things you are longing to do, to try, to be. All of the things you wish you had the guts to do, but worry what others will think of you. Have you always wanted to get a tattoo? Go back to school? Paint your living room red? Go on a weekend trip by yourself? Color your hair hot pink? Take a painting class? Or sit at the top of a mountain by yourself and chant out loud? Whatever the case, make a list of all of those things. Now pick one thing on your list, and DO it. Commit to yourself that you are going to follow through with it, and do it. You are probably going to feel uncomfortable. You might feel silly, awkward, selfish, whatever. DO it. And give zero fucks as to what anyone else is going to think or have to say about it. Do it and feel how liberating it feels to be true to YOU. I keep this little gem in my back pocket (feel free to use it) for when people impose their opinions on my life, tell me how to parent, what I am doing wrong, you get the point: “Thanks for that, why don’t you go ahead and send me that in an email, I’ll be sure to look into it.” Period. End of conversation. And I’ll go ahead and do what I feel is best and no, I won’t own your discomfort with my decisions.
People impose their opinions because most of the time they care. But it’s not an open door to toss your true self to the wind and be someone you are not. And trust me, the new you will be a shocker to some people, but rest assured they will adjust and get used to it, and the beauty is that it will become the new normal you. So go ahead, give zero fucks today. And watch the magic within you happen.