You cannot control what people say about you. You can choose how to respond.
Never pretend something is not happening when it clearly is, as Freud said there is no such thing as a coincidence. Freud had a lot of misses, but he was very astute, he had his hits.
I have enjoyed some success in the last few months, and have now settled back into the real world. In between the success and the levelling out, there have been some lessons.
What I want to say, and what I want to impress upon you is the following: if you find that people are hostile, and challenge you, and provoke you, are testing you, or even gaslight you, don’t ignore it.
Accept that the moment is alive with meaning, if it connects with you, don’t ignore it. Decide what it means to you, and don’t be afraid.
The fact is people need a handle on other people, if you are making work, and making your way, you will be discussed. You will be subject to speculation, and you will be subject to character tests. If you come out persil, the game is on, but there are people who will sling mud.
Be free in the way you respond, and do not be afraid, you are the ultimate authority on yourself.
The rest is down where the spirit meets the bone.