As I browse Instagram today, I came across a post that hit home for me and couldn't be better written. This will stay with me for some time and I will use the negativity and opinions of others to fuel the fire to be that much better and work even harder. I was raised watching Disney movies and one that was always repeated to me as a kid was, "if you can't say something nice don't say nothing at all." If only more people would listen to this advice and give their opinion when asked instead of whenever they see fit. Two things come to mind here... Romans 2:1 - "You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things." While others work on this I will work on forgiveness and this brings me to my second verse: John 8:7 NIV - "When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” This to me means many things but I will work on forgiveness and letting go when it comes to people thinking their opinion is fact. I will continue to be just who I am and loving who I have become and not tell others how to live their lives. After her very first feature in the media and when she saw the comments on the picture that was posted... @melissasarahwee states: I took it pretty bad. BUT you know what? Over the years, I have learned to shut these negative voices out. No it's not easy and yes it may be hurtful but the power lies with me. It is up to me to decide whether or not to give power to these lowlife haters. So I make my choice. I choose to listen to my inner voice, not the random opinion of others. I choose self-esteem, not self-pity. I choose my path, my destiny, my future. I set my own goals and pursue them. It doesn't matter how much people try to take me down or crush my dreams. In this world where negative people try to post their useless opinions on others, it is natural that I will face negative feedback. It is my choice to either allow these naysayers to project their insecurities upon me or continue pursuing what I want to achieve. The REAL question is 'who am I doing this for?' It's MY journey. It's MY body. I run this shit, NOT anyone else. I don't need to prove anything to anyone. I am not a slave to the preconceived ideas of what a culture believes a lady should be. So I dedicate this to anyone out there who has been put down, ridiculed or insulted because of their lifestyle choices, remember this: Your body, spirit and mind are your domain. Your self-worth is not measured by what others perceive of you. The truth is you can never please everyone. So don't bother doing so and don't expect others to please you. Be who you are and love who you are.