Life is an ongoing process of choosing between safety (out of fear and need for defense) and risk (for the sake of progress and growth). Make the growth choice a dozen times a day.
~ Abraham Maslow
An American psychologist who was best known for creating Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, a theory of psychological health predicated on fulfilling innate human needs in priority, culminating in self-actualization.
What you are or where you came from is not important.
It is who you are and the choices you make, that determine who you will become.
If you can look inward and be satisfied, the opinions of others should melt away.