It's taken me a while to get to this point. Not many people can say that they don't care about the opinions of others. It's something we've been conditioned to do and certainly is something that we all struggle with.
I have spent countless nights awake thinking of things I wished I said in certain situations and wondering if they would change how people perceive me. I have woken up unnecessarily early to make sure my hair and makeup would be perfect to go to a single class. I used to almost be afraid of the idea of not wearing any makeup and having my hair pulled back with the fear of people judging me for not looking perfect.
I think there comes a point in life as we get older that we finally get over the fear of not being perfect. We stop worrying about what others might think about us and roll out of bed in sweatpants, throw our hair in a ponytail and go out the door without a second glance in the mirror. While I can't say I am at this point every day, I think that I have gotten to the point where I am truly comfortable in my own skin.
When we finally begin to accept ourselves and stop obsessing over the judgement of others we can start to actually live and enjoy our lives. We can walk into a crowded room alone without feeling like everyone is staring or speak up without fear of drawing attention to ourselves.
I don't care what you think about me not because I don't value your opinion, but because I am finally comfortable in who I am. I'm not perfect and I know it and that's perfectly okay.