Forget about the small-minded, the opinionated and the naysayers. We commiserate. Navigating the opinions of those we love and care for, not to mention the prying eyes of our community is, at best, trying. Live for yourself!
And when one is held captive by the “opinion intrusion” taken to its extreme, e.g., the world press, a frozen posture and indecision may actually appear reasonable and a less risky proposition than forging ahead. All true, but… this is your one life (maybe) and you owe it to yourself to live it the way you choose. Remember, when the end comes you will be on your own. So cast off the shackles and live life for yourself.