I learned the hard way that I cannot always count on others to respect my feelings, even if I respect theirs. Being a good person doesn't garantee that others will be good people, too. You only have control over yourself and how you choose to be as a person. As for others, you can only choose to accept them or walk away.
this is so true...it becomes mentally draining sometimes trying to enlighten people...daddy used to say all the time...."An OLD fool was once a YOUNG fool who refused to listen....some will live and die and will have been a fool all their lives....and never get all GOD has to give...because of their mindset....which is really sad... https://www.facebook.com/TonyGaskins/photos/a.658644980814388.1073741826.156879910990900/770976099581275/?type=1
Do your thing. It is YOUR life. Don't EVER feel sorry for doing exactly what it is that you want to with YOUR life. Let people talk if they want to. Who cares. It's not their life you are living. Real friends, family, and partners will be on your side and encourage you. Anyone else is just a waste of time to worry about, so simply don't! The inner happiness you will find from doing this is unlike anything else.