The other day, I was blessed to encounter a stressful and triggering situation that forced me to break anew. When I reached that wall, I realized, it doesn’t matter. At my big age, none of this matters. All that was left was “eff it” When someone comes to you with gossip that is meant to manipulate, disrespect you etc, the best thing you can do is 1) silence or 2) say to the person, “everything they say about me is true, and you can add yours too.
The freedom that comes with detaching yourself from other people’s opinions of you, hits different.
None of this matters. Those who love you, know your authentic self. Even then, that is their own perspective of you. The thing that matters the most is how you feel about you. Nothing else is as important.