Doing something that makes no sense may  be the only way to create a real identity for ourselves in a world that is working hard to force each of us to accept the narrow conformity of what is acceptable behavior.

People are always going to be critical, don't listen be like Gollum. People are always going to be critical, don’t let the harsh words and thoughts of others stop you from chasing your dream or reaching for your potential.

It is becoming increasingly clear that no matter what you do it is going to be accompanied by the harsh and critical judgements of others.  Since people are going to be judgemental of all you do anyway, you might as well do what makes you happy.

Sometimes I think that I may just be the most dysfunctional person in the history of mankind.

There have been times when my behavior has been a perplexing string of poor decisions, which do not serve me or represent what I want my life to be like.  Brave, vital, insightful, and thoughtful are just a few words I want associated with myself. In the past I found my choices were the opposite of that. The main reason was fear.  Fear ofcouragethe unknown, of being hurt and most significantly what others might think of my choices, behavior and life.

What others think of you is none of your business!

I have struggled with this weakness all my life, from being moderately worried as a child what others thought of me, to having significant social anxiety issues as an adult. Then the choice was clear, I had to choose each day, to honor myself and act in a fashion that was more in line with the ideals I wanted to represent. Have courage to be my own self, write what I think, express what I feel regardless of what others might think.

Nobody, including you,  knows what you are capable of, until you give it a shot. Step into the unchartered waters and do what your heart tells you is right. Build your own arc, create your own masterpiece, and don’t listen to the critics. If you perform anything for those who will ridicule you, you will create very little that is exceptional.