“Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner”
I came across this eye-opening quote while reading ‘A Million Little Pieces’ by James Frey, and my brain sort of took it in and devoured it into meaning.
Not only are we prisoners of our own, but we are also prisoners of people who serve remote purposes in our lives. It saddens me, how individuals out there choose to do “good” in order to get the approval of others. Some might do it to stay on the safe side, but is being on the safe side really worth it? Is it worth stopping yourself from being someone? Most importantly, is it important enough to stop yourself from being the person you are meant to be: yourself? I stop myself from taking certain actions, that would harm me as a person with an immense amount of self-respect, and so; I tend to steer my way into the path that would drive me into goodwill, because I am my own person, and appraisal is not what I feed on, especially when it is followed by an undeserving matter. I have grown up to face a plethora of challenges, and barriers that made me the person I am today. I am grateful for those who doubted me, or made me feel dubious, otherwise. Thank you society, I have learned to accept every flaw, and most importantly, the beauty of you.
Being an open-minded person is considered to be some sort of mind-eating/corruptive part of one’s personality. I most certainly did not sign up to be a robotic/brainwashed individual, even if the consequences drive people’s will against my own.
My society builds itself upon how it portrays itself to the world, regardless of what is beneficial to them, but seemingly hurtful to others.
If I base my happiness on irrational opinions, I will, without a doubt, cease to find happiness or myself in that matter.
Everyone in this world, is likely to be opinionated, they might have an idea but not the entire picture. I am not afraid of justice; of what others might consider shame, because what people think about me is none of my business.