Personal Musings

What Others Think

Do you care what other people think of you? Don’t.

Do you care what other people think of you? Don’t.

Not caring what others think, or at least not basing your final judgment primarily on what others think, be their reached conclusion passive or aggressively displayed outwardly, of their opinions, judgments, or disapprovals or interpretation of your values, ill conceived or not, is not innate, unfortunately, in all humans, but with it rests the question one needs to ask: in the end, when the last page is turned in your life, was it you who turned each page or someone else who turned the pages for you? And in whose hand was the pen that wrote the page before?

Write your own story. Turn your own page.

“The eyes of others, our prisons;
their thoughts, our cages.”
― Virginia Woolf

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By Jeffrey Pillow

Jeffrey Pillow is an American short story writer, memoirist, and poet. He is the author of The Lady Next Door. His writing has been published in Urge Magazine, The Nervous Breakdown, 16 Blocks, USA Today, Sports Illustrated,, New York Times, Washington Post, and Richmond Times-Dispatch.

He grew up in the small town of Phenix, Virginia, population: 200, and now lives in Charlottesville with his wife, two kids, and a dog named Mozzarella Cheese. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia where he was a Rainey Scholar. This is his blog.