8 things you don’t owe anyone an explanation for

Do you ever feel like people expect you to explain everything you do? Like you’re always on stage, performing for an audience that’s ready to question your every move? Well, guess what? You don’t have to play that part.

Life is not about always having to justify yourself. It’s okay to make choices that others might not get. And you don’t have to explain why you made them. Your life is your own, not a movie where everyone else is a critic.

In this article, we’ll talk about 8 things you don’t have to explain to anyone. It’s about breaking free from people telling you how you should live your life. We’ll show you how to set your own rules and live freely. Get ready to stop saying ‘sorry’ and start living unapologetically.

1. Your Life Priorities

Sometimes, your priorities may not align with what others think they should be. Maybe you chose travel over buying a house, or maybe you’d rather spend your free time reading books than going out every weekend. And that’s okay. Your priorities are exactly that – yours. They shape your life and create your own unique happiness recipe.

Remember, everyone has a different idea of what’s important in life, and you’re allowed to have your own. You don’t need to justify why you value certain things more than others. Whether it’s pursuing a passion, focusing on your health, or spending time with loved ones, your priorities are yours to decide.

So, the next time someone questions why you’re not following the ‘standard script’, remember you don’t owe them an explanation. Live according to your rules and what feels right for you, and let that be enough.

2. Your Relationship Status

Whether you’re single, in a relationship, married, divorced, or it’s complicated – it’s nobody’s business but yours. There’s a lot of pressure in society to pair up. If you’re single, people want to know why.

If you’re dating, they want to know when you’re getting serious. If you’re serious, they’re wondering about marriage, and if you’re married… well, the list goes on.

Maybe you’ve chosen to be single because you’re focused on personal growth. Or perhaps you’re in a long-distance relationship because that’s what works best for you.

Whatever your relationship status is, it doesn’t define your worth or completeness. You don’t owe anyone an explanation about who you are or aren’t with.

And speaking from personal experience, I’ve faced questions about why I’ve chosen to stay single and focus on my writing career. I realized I don’t owe anyone a breakdown of my personal decisions. We all have our paths, and it’s important to respect that and live life at our own pace. The only person who needs to be okay with your relationship status is you.

3. Your Appearance

Living in the age of social media and constant comparison, it’s easy to fall into the trap of feeling like you have to look a certain way.

There’s always a new beauty trend, a different body type to aspire to, or another style that’s suddenly in vogue. It’s exhausting trying to keep up, and honestly, it’s not worth it.

Your appearance, the clothes you wear, the style you prefer, the body you live in – these are aspects of who you are, and you don’t owe anyone an explanation for them.

Maybe you don’t like to follow fashion trends, or perhaps you’re most comfortable in sweatpants and sneakers. Maybe you’re not obsessed with having a six-pack or the ‘perfect’ figure. That’s fine.

Here’s the raw truth: people will always have opinions, often based on their own insecurities and societal expectations. It’s not your job to fit into the mold they’ve created.

You don’t owe anyone an explanation for your appearance. As long as you’re comfortable in your skin and your expression brings you joy, that’s all that matters. Live for you, not for the approval of others.

4. Your Career Choices

Whether you’re a rocket scientist, an artist, a stay-at-home parent, or anything in between, your career choice is yours alone to make and to live with.

Everyone has different passions, talents, and dreams, and it’s okay if yours don’t fit into the traditional 9-to-5 mold.

Perhaps you’ve chosen a less conventional path, or maybe you’re not climbing the corporate ladder as fast as your peers. You might be choosing happiness and work-life balance over a fat paycheck.

Or maybe you’re making sacrifices today for a dream you’re passionate about realizing tomorrow.

These are your choices to make, and no one else’s. You don’t owe anyone an explanation or justification for your career decisions.

What matters is that your work fulfills you and aligns with your personal life goals. As long as you’re content with your choices and their outcomes, that’s all the validation you need.

Don’t let anyone else’s opinion shake your confidence or determination.

5. Your Dietary Preferences

Everyone seems to have an opinion when it comes to what you should or shouldn’t eat. If you’re vegan, people wonder where you get your protein from.

If you’re a meat-eater, you might face questions about your ethical choices. Even simple choices like skipping sugar or avoiding gluten can somehow turn into heated debates.

Personally, I’ve faced my share of raised eyebrows and unwarranted advice when I decided to go vegetarian for health and personal reasons. It was a personal choice, but it seemed to become a public discussion. And guess what? It didn’t need to be.

What you eat, how you eat, and your dietary preferences are yours to decide. They’re a part of your lifestyle, your belief system, or sometimes, your health necessities.

You don’t owe anyone an explanation or a debate over your food choices. As long as your diet makes you feel good and aligns with your values, that’s all that matters. You’re the one eating your food, not them. So, savor your choices, and let the food police be.

6. Your Financial Decisions

Money is a highly personal aspect of life, yet it somehow invites a lot of unsolicited advice and judgment. How you choose to spend or save your money is up to you.

Maybe you prefer to save for a rainy day, or perhaps you enjoy spending on experiences rather than things. You might invest in stocks, real estate, or your own education.

Whatever your financial decisions, they are based on your income, values, lifestyle, and long-term goals.

You don’t owe anyone an explanation for why you’re not buying that new car, choosing to live in a smaller house, investing in a startup, or saving up for an exotic vacation.

Here’s an interesting fact to consider: Research shows that money can indeed buy happiness, but only when it’s spent in ways that align with your values and personality.

So, make your financial decisions based on what brings you satisfaction and peace of mind, not societal expectations or pressure. You’re the one who understands your financial situation best, so trust your judgment.

7. Your Personal Beliefs and Faith

Beliefs and faith are deeply personal and subjective aspects of our lives. Whether you adhere to a particular religion, have spiritual beliefs, or embrace atheism or agnosticism, your beliefs are a fundamental part of who you are.

You don’t owe anyone an explanation for what you believe or don’t believe in. It’s not necessary to justify or defend your personal faith or lack thereof.

Your spirituality is an intimate journey that shapes your values, perspectives, and how you navigate the world.

Remember, your beliefs are yours to hold and explore. They may evolve over time, and that’s perfectly fine.

Embrace your own spiritual path, or the absence thereof, and allow others the same freedom.

What matters most is cultivating a sense of inner peace and living in alignment with your own principles.

8. Your Life Goals and Aspirations

In a world obsessed with achievements and success, it’s easy to feel pressured to conform to society’s definition of what it means to “make it.”

But guess what? Your life goals and aspirations are uniquely yours, and you don’t owe anyone an explanation for what drives you or how you measure success.

Perhaps your dream is to travel the world, start your own business, write a novel, or dedicate your life to helping others.

Your goals may not align with the traditional path of climbing the corporate ladder or pursuing a high-paying job, and that’s absolutely okay.

An interesting fact to consider: A study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that setting and pursuing personally meaningful goals contributes to greater well-being and life satisfaction.

So, chase after the dreams that light a fire within you, even if others don’t understand or support them. Your goals should be authentic to who you are and what brings you fulfillment.

Remember, success is subjective, and it’s up to you to define it on your own terms. Trust your instincts, follow your passions, and embrace the journey towards your unique aspirations.

 

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Lachlan Brown

Lachlan Brown

I'm been through a lot, come out the other side, and I'm here to reveal everything I've learned. If I can help even one soul from my spiritual reflections, then my work here is done. Some people call me a spiritual warrior or an enlightened soul, but I'm just a humble guy that wants the best for humanity. If you want to get in touch with me about my writings, don't hesitate to hit me up on my Twitter (@lachybe). Namaste.

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