Recently, I was with a close friend of mine and she made a comment about my life that didn’t bother me in the moment, but later on I realized how offensive it was. I confided in my mom about it, and she looked at me and said, “You cannot let anyone tell you how to live your reality.” Those words struck me, hard.
There is no one way to live life. Everyone’s paths are different; no two should be identical. And it is none of your business to inform people on how they should live theres.
Now, I’m Christian, and I believe in envangelizing, and have a set of moral and spiritual beliefs that I wish everyone could live by. The decisions I’m talking about are more neutral; ones in which someone could go harmlessly either way. For instance, college. College is for some people, while it isn’t for others. I wouldn’t disagree with someone’s decision not to go to college, if they had others means of supporting themself in life.
So I’ve realized not to give people the power of telling me how I should live my reality. And frankly, telling them to back off. It’s something I’m trying to get better at.