Do not abandon your principles because of naysayers. Use your own discretion and stand up for your beliefs. Although living a principled life is not easy especially when majority of the people around you are against the paths you are choosing.
How do you cut off ties with people who have been influential to your life but are negative? Life has no one formula that works every time to solve its challenges like mathematical equations.
You may draw inspiration from other people’s beliefs but that does not mean if you follow them you will achieve the same results.
Life is unpredictable and not living at your discretion will only make you wonder what if I had? This is usually a feeling of regret. Iconic individuals lived life according to their principles.
For instance when Nelson Mandela was released from prison after 27 years he chose reconciliation and forgiveness. He lived life at his own tact.