Criticism...It's always gonna happen.
It's why so many people never put themselves out in the world publicly.
Why they are terrified of it and remain silent lurkers and likers on social media, consumers of other peoples creations and offerings but not daring to bring forth their own. The only difference between a public figure who influences and someone that doesn't is the decision to be in the ring, that decision is an edgy scary thing if somewhere in us we are attached to being liked by everyone.
The reality is whatever you do there will always be equal challenge and support in every response.
No matter how beautiful, how high your consciousness is.
How pure your intention, people will disagree, get offended, not like you. there are infinite beliefs, attitudes and experiences on this planet, infinite truths, but unfortunately many of us are so attached and identified with our beliefs and opinions that when you put anything out there for people to see - it's one hundred percent going to move some deeply and trigger the fuck out of others.
For every famous person who has a million fans they have a million haters.
If you want to be a force on the planet, influence many people and make big change the reality that not everyones going to like you MUST be faced and accepted.
I have had so many prolific sharers of content and creations tell me that they never read the comments or critics as it just gets too much and I tend to agree. It's important to be open to reflection and constructive criticism so you can continue to grow. However reading all the youtube comments from the masses may not be the most healthy way to see how you're doing.
Having mentors, close friends, family and colleagues you trust is probably a saner option in who you choose to get your feedback from. Having healthy boundaries is so important when it comes to sharing yourself and your work publicly.
I've had a huge journey with this. I've shared my thoughts and feelings online since I was a teenager and have had a public image and brand through my businesses for nearly 10 years.
I've experienced the good bad and the ugly of what it is to be in the ring.
I've received so much love and outpouring of adoration and I've received harsh words and intense criticism,
Ultimately at the end of the day what I feel being able to handle all of that comes down to is how deeply you know yourself.
You are the one who has to go to sleep with yourself at night and it is absolutely essential that you really know who you are and why you do what you do. If there is a part of you that uses your public presence to validate yourself you are eventually going to be totally smashed because you won't always receive that.
The peanut gallery is very very real and is usually full of people who are too scared to put themselves out there so they spend their energy nitpicking and hijacking others who are.
Doesn't mean it doesn't hurt sometimes of course,
We are social creatures and we do have the power to affect each other and be affected and I don't believe we can be totally immune to that kind of thing.
Social media is an epic an amplifier of our deepest gifts and our most painful shadows and it is up to us to take responsibility for how we work with the feedback we will constantly be receiving.
So practice self care, keep a strong private life and circle of support and guidance around you that remind you of who you are beyond all the perceptions and projections and remember you will never ever be everyones cup of tea and that's okay.
Just keep doing you.