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5 things you don't have to explain to anyone

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Author: Maria Kholina

Personal insecurities often drive individuals to justify and explain themselves to others. However, in most cases, there's no need to justify one's actions to anyone else, according to Hack Spirit.

When saying "no"

Many feel the need to justify and explain when they refuse something or someone.

Instead of a simple "no," one could say, "Thank you, but I won't be able to do that."

Feeling the need to justify undermines one's right to choose.

Choosing not to have children

Sometimes in social settings, people might ask why someone doesn't have children.

One can choose not to answer this question, as it's a personal matter for each individual.

For some, the decision not to have children may simply be because they value the freedom of life. Others may want to dedicate their energy to marriage or career.

It's worth remembering, there's no need to justify personal decisions because it's your life.

Being single

People often try to find polite but firm responses to this question.

Therapist Allison Abrams explained that negatively judging someone for being single and not meeting societal expectations is entirely unacceptable.

The question "why are you still single" can feel almost accusatory and can exacerbate paranoia that something is wrong with you if you're not in a relationship.

Parenting advice

People often love to give unsolicited advice on parenting.

Regardless of how you choose to raise your children, there's always going to be someone trying to give you advice. Criticism from family members about your parenting can be damaging. Even an unwelcome comment from a stranger can be hurtful.

Remember, it's your child, and only the parents decide what's best for them.

Not drinking alcohol

If someone consciously chooses not to drink alcohol, it inevitably becomes a topic of conversation at every gathering.

No one knows the reasons behind an individual's decision to abstain from alcohol. It can be due to health reasons, which can be a sensitive topic.

Therefore, there's no need to explain one's actions to others, as people may not always understand.