July 08, 2018 Anna Judd


We spend a lot of time avoiding criticism. Our whole lives can be built around it if we aren’t careful. We take on the expectations of those who raise us, of our culture. We censor ourselves, we silence ourselves. We don’t go after what we really want, but what we think we should want. What will people say if they know the truth about who you are? What will they do?

 

How easy it is to get caught in the cyclical trap of pleasing people to get their approval, of relying on their encouragement and praise for self-worth. Sometimes, we make ourselves smaller to avoid embarrassment, to avoid the haters.

 

Haters are an inevitable and unfortunate consequence of doing anything noteworthy. The more love you get from the world, the more hate you’re going to get, too. People will often see your success and authenticity as a threat, and will become jealous, resentful, or critical.

 

But to be real, to live your life as a work of art, you may find that you don’t even mind the haters. Maybe, you won’t even really notice them, because you will be too busy doing your thing, and loving it.

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