Indeed, it is never easy to live life without considering what people may think of you at some point. But the thing is, you shouldn't let it get to you. It's always best to avoid dwelling on such thoughts because they make you hesitate. And you end up not doing.
You may intend to express how you feel or offering your opinion on an issue. And then, just as you open your lips to speak, you stop short, "what if they find my opinion rather stupid or immaterial? What if they regard me as weak for expressing how I feel or hate me for refusing to do what they requested?"
Sadly, that moment goes away for eternity. Your chance to act and think for yourself. And what happens? You end up not doing what you want, and that's never good for your mental health.
As Dr Seuss rightly said, "Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind."
And according to Lewis Carroll, "If you limit your actions in life to things that nobody can possibly find fault with, you will not do much."
Nothing can be more accurate.
Know that some people must always fault whatever you do or say, no matter how brilliant it is. And there are others who will find that same thing pretty outstanding.
But if you only focus on what criticism you may receive, you'll never allow yourself to perform anything impressive.
You have what it takes to be great. You're unique; you've got something to offer. Do not debilitate yourself for one flaw or what others would think. Let them think. Their mind is theirs; let yours be yours.
Do you. Be you. That's the only true path to living a rewarding and fulfilled life.
"The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud."