should others' opinions impact what you think about yourself?
i feel like we would all be quick to answer that with a firm no. but, how often do we find ourselves wondering what someone else thinks of us or doing things solely because they're trending and society approves. sometimes when we hear outside opinions we feel pressured to change our own. of course we want to be liked and admired by the people surrounding us, so can really be blamed for doing so?
i was thinking this this morning while working out. there were at least 3 people who saw me at 7 AM and commented about my physique. "wow you lost a lot of weight!?" "omg i almost didn't recognize you!!" blah blah. granted, they probably haven't ran into me in months & i was fasted and probably still had my morning face on in all its glory 👹 but at first i felt kind of awkward. did i do too much? am i too lean? shit.
and hey, maybe you think i am too. that's alright, it's your opinion. and here's mine- i'm healthy. i'm strong. i don't feel lethargic all day. im actually eating more now after switching up my diet base. i enjoy working out, cardio has become therapy. i bulked hard last summer and cut slowly since december. i had a good & fun time cutting. i didn't strain myself to hit a specific weight. i went out a boat load of times and yolo-ed a lot of weekends. i lived & experienced life. i didn't restrict myself. i am proud of what i've accomplished. and the best part? i'm genuinely happier and more confident, not just in regards to my physique but who i am as a being, than i think i've ever been.
my point here? before we enter situations that can be overly opinionated and leave us overthinking or going around trying to change what we've been doing / what we think about certain things- feel strongly about your own.
this applies to everything, my friends. ask yourself questions every now and again. answer them honestly. why are doing this? how do you feel doing this? are you enjoying this? stay true to who YOU are and always do the things that bring YOU happiness. if you feel strongly about yourself and carry yourself with sureness and confidence, others will treat you the same ✨🌻