I think you’ve got to have an idea of yourself, of who you want to be, of what you want your life to be. When you veer from that course, you’ve got to make corrections in your navigation, as often as necessary. It’s important not to allow other’s perceptions become your reality, to keep to your own idea(s) of yourself and your life. You’ve also got to roll with the changing atmospheric conditions.
“As often as necessary” may look however it looks to whomever, a work in progress is just that. The world is often distractions. Don’t quit. Get up. Go on.