I've been told by a lot of people, that they define themselves by what other people think of them. I guess that does make sense in some way, especially in this time and age where people care so much about what others think of them, even the basis for our definition of success is based off what other people think.
But I think at some point of time, we need to look in the mirror, and ask ourselves, "what do I think about myself?" Why do I say this? Because in society today, it becomes very easy to lose ourselves, our beliefs and our principles just to ensure that other people don't talk about you behind your back.
I'm not saying you shouldn't care at all about what others say, I mean, if someone pointed out that you did something wrong, then that's another story. What I mean is that you sacrifice your principles, and your basic beliefs just because of what someone else says or does.
Of course there are bound to be people who will disagree with you, or not like your beliefs, but that's life isn't it? It's impossible to make everyone happy. You only have one life to live, and I don't know about you, but I want to spend the one life that I have, being true to myself, and being to I want to be, rather than lie to myself just to get people to like me.