It took me a while to realise that the judgment I felt came from within. I understand that I can only take responsibility for how I feel and my emotions. I cannot take that responsibility for others.
We can judge ourselves in various ways. Before I became a yoga teacher I felt that I wasn't fit or flexible enough to be a teacher. I used to compare myself to others. Plus I had the teachings of a Catholic upbringing which made it challenging for me and I often had a sense of guilt, or not being "good" enough.
As I started to learn how to live well with HIV, I started to address the topic of judgment, shame, guilt, stigma and fear. I was a divorced Black woman with three children and I put a lot of unnecessary pressure on myself because of other people's opinions of me.
HIV inspired me to be free from that.