But do I mind if other people judge me harshly because of my appearance, background, what I believe or the lifestyle choices I make? Well, in the words of the incorrigible Rhett Butler, 'Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn'.
It's taken me a long time to get around to this way of thinking but as fifty approaches I'm not doing badly. I have enough self-love and supportive friends and family who are right behind me to be able to ignore those who have a less rosy opinion based on their own attitudes and assumptions. And I wonder if they're a very small minority. No-one so far has been terribly scathing of my 'living in my motorhome' project, for example. Those who've expressed views against it so far have only done so because they are expressing concern about my comfort and not because they are expressing derogatory ideas.
I liked this article that I read the other day about overcoming the fear of what others think. Doing this is such an important step to take toward being the person that you want to be. There's wisdom here that I've already taken on board. I thought that someone somewhere out there might find it helpful too!