There are times in our life when we do things that are not approved by others. Even when we do the right thing, there are always going to be people who will have a differing opinion. However, when we know that we are doing the right thing, we can’t let what other people say or think make us question if we made the right decision.
Last weekend, my family and I were dropping my brother back off at college. As we were walking to my brother’s dorm, we spotted some money on the ground. Of course, our first thought was, “Yes! Free cash!” But, we knew that as much as we wanted to keep the money, the right thing would be to turn it in. After he left the money at the housing office, he told us that there was 75 dollars in the wad of cash we found. He also told us that the girl at the front desk looked at him like he was crazy for turning in the money. However, my brother didn’t care what the girl thought about him because he knew that he did the right thing. As we continued walking to the dorms, my family and I talked about how the money we found could be greatly needed by the person who dropped it. The person could have needed it for books or food, or something else very important.
Like my brother, Antigone, in the story Antigone, was in a very similar situation. Both her brothers, Polyneices and Eteocles died in a battle against each other. However, the new king of Thebes and her uncle, Creon, decides that Eteocles will be honored and given a proper burial. On the other hand, Polyneices will be left to be scavenged by animals because he attacked Thebes, to win the crown from Eteocles. When Antigone heard the news, she wanted to give her brother a proper burial and asked her sister, Ismene, to help her. Ismene refused to help Antigone because she feared the punishment they would face. Antigone continued with her plan even though she went against her sister and her uncle. When Creon find out that Antigone buried Polyneices, he told her that she would face death. However, this did not make Antigone question whether or not she made the right decision or worry about death because she knew she did the right thing.
So the next time someone ridicules you for something that you do, think about your action. If you know that you did the right thing, don’t let anybody make you feel guilty about your decision. In the end, it’s not about what other people think, it’s what you think about yourself.