What will People Say

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       The four-word sentence, “What will People Say” has done more harm than I can recall. It is a four-word sentence that I detest so much. It is a sentence that has given people the choice of inviting other people's opinion into their life, and thereby preventing them from doing whatever they were supposed to do with their lives. A sentence that has hindered dreams, promoted low self-esteem and in some cases led to some preventable deaths. At some points, most people under the influence of this slogan become so intoxicated that they forget that this is their own life too and not just people’s. Some of them on the other hand still have the knowledge that, yes, this is their life but cannot help to think about people’s opinion because of maybe how they were brought up.

         The truth is I personally used to be under the influence of this slogan too until I had a redemption and a new look into life. I believe that we live in this realm only once, so that means we only get to live only once unless for those of you who believe in reincarnation, this may not apply to you. Hence, since we have one life, it shouldn’t be wasted trying to please everyone; for one thing though, most of them at the end of the day don’t give a single cup of f$$k about you anyway. I am not advocating for one to live carelessly without considering their neighbor. I still believe everyone should show love and kindness to people when possible. I am also an avid supporter of one living their life whichever way they deem if no other person is being harmed in the process. So, when I mean when I talk about living life regardless of the slogan, “What will People Say”, is that it is okay to chase your dreams without thinking oh what will Mr. A or Ms. A think about me. I believe it is okay to make decisions for your own mental health without thinking how people will see or judge you. I am not also saying that they won’t, oh yes, they will. As a matter of fact, people are always going to talk no matter what you do, so why not just make decisions that you really want to make now that you’re alive and healthy to make them. You want to take a job? Go ahead honey, take that job. Try that new career! Leave that toxic relationship! Walk out of that marriage! Tell that person you like them! Buy that dress girl, you’ll slay it! Eat that ice cream! Go to that parade! Don’t let what people will say bother you a lot. I don’t think it matters if it’s not adding some coins to your bank account, improvement to your mental health, some foods to your table. Take care of yourself and mind because that’s what brings you peace and that’s what really matters.

A toast to a new beginning
A toast to a healthy mind


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