My dearest Shosh and Jaialai:
In preschool at Goddard, Jaialai once mentioned that he watched the cartoon My Little Pony. Some of the boys in his class tried to make fun of him for watching a “girl” show. He wouldn’t have it. He told them the show has cool male ponies that fought and did cool things. Soon, all the boys in his class were watching My Little Pony. That’s my Jaialai: he doesn’t allow the opinions of others to dissuade him from something he likes.
Have you noticed that those who are constantly worried about what others think of them are often the most insecured people? There are approximately 7.5 billion people on Earth; there is bound to be AT LEAST one person who doesn’t like you or think poorly of you. Get over it.
Never suffer fools, nor worry about the opinion of fools. Life is too short and there are too many people in the world with very diverse tastes. To each his own. Let them enjoy what they want (so long as they’re not hurting anyone): you just worry about being the best you. If someone brings value to your life (e.g., with a smile, a kind word, company, etc.), then invest in that friendship. If a person adds nothing to your life (or worse, is always negative, critical, or always in want of something from you), ditch them. Life is too short to waste on people who only want to bring you down or take advantage of you.
Look for good people who contribute to the world. Surround yourself with such people.
All my love, always,