You're not my audience
When people are so ready to comment on your life and tell you what you should or shouldn't do, uuurrgghh.....I get so annoyed. I always think to myself; how dare you? You don't know my life story, you don't know what I've been throuh, you don't know what I'm trying to do here. This is why I've come up with a quick phrase I can just say to myself to stop myself from getting too angry (anger is a dangerous emotion dear reader, it's even more so because it makes you feel like you're doing something. In reality the only thing you're actually doing is raising your blood pressure). Now, every time anyone sticks their stupid nose where it does not belong I simply shrug, smile and think to myself; " you're not my audience". I find this works for me because I often have to remind myself why I say and why I do the things I do. Most of what I do is driven by internal desires and has very little to do with others, this implies that I'm the primary audience in my life 'play'. Should someone feel that this is not to their liking, they're more than welcome to leave the show.
Now, dont get me wrong. It's not that I don't want criticism or to be rebuked. I don't mind this, provided it is a) coming from a good place, b) is necessary or c) will actually make a difference.
I consider myself to be very reflective, this is why I find it all the more annoying when someone who can barely direct their own life feels like their comments or suggestions to me (about my own life) should carry some weight and be valuable to me. Dude, you're not my audience.