Daily Stoic Entry #146: What If I Stopped Caring What Others Thought?
May 26th, 2022
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Ultimate freedom and confidence are found in this state of mind. It will release a large part of my shame, self-hatred, and general feeling of not being worth someone's time. This is all solvable in your own mind, that's where it starts. I'm not there yet but I'm on my way. The simple act of taking better care of yourself is a sign of your own worth, that's you're worth something because you choose to take actions that signal you are worth investing in. Even if only to your own subconscious mind.
I've had small moments of this ultimate freedom and you just feel much lighter when you experience that. It's super difficult to maintain that feeling. Because we're social creatures we want to get along with each other and as such we often need to consider how we present ourselves and how people react to us. But there's the difference. If you act kindly, justly, courageously, and with strength of character then you have not to worry. Because when you start adjusting who you are to please the opinions of others you will lose yourself and ironically lose their respect in the proces.
Title prompts are taken from The Daily Stoic Journal by Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman.