If you are in the habit of defending yourself to others it might be time to stop. All that negative energy is uselessly building around you. It might be time to either improve your relationship with those people, or step away from them if improvement is truly not possible.
You should never have to defend yourself for what you choose to create in your life if its harming no one.
You shouldn’t have to fight to get…or give… love, appreciation or support, either. If you are struggling with a life filled with people who put you down or disparage your dreams, THIS little exercise might help a bit.
Whatever you do, don’t ignore it. Those negative words being hurled at you will indeed affect you. You may say its not affecting you, but you know it really is… and nothing goes away by ignoring it.