The above quote is from Paid to Exist founder Jonathan Mead. It's about ditching the feeling of being self-conscious and all the ways we censor ourselves because we're afraid of what others think. The truth is, no one cares.
That's not exactly true. People who love you care and others might care a little, but definitely not as much as you might think. Most people are busy thinking about themselves:
You walk into the opening party at an event you've been wanting to attend all year. It's like a big-freaking-deal in your world. Maybe it's the World Domination Summit or SXSW.
Whatever it is, you're excited, nervous and totally self-conscious.
You wonder what everyone will think of you. Maybe they'll think you're lame. Maybe they'll find out that you're not really an expert and have no business teaching what you're teaching. You'll be found out. Laughed at.
Or worse, no one will talk to you at all.
But have you ever noticed that everyone else is busy thinking about themselves?
Suddenly, you're in a big room full of people freaking out about what everyone thinks about them, when no one is really thinking about anyone else at all.
Thinking this way can be pretty liberating. So break boundaries, do something awkward or embarrassing, or go for whatever it is you're dreaming of.
Nobody Cares, So Do What You Want [Paid to Exist]