It doesn't matter what other people think... If you make the choice to create positive changes, for yourself, that is all that matters. You don't need anyone's approval, validation or support... and a lot of the time, you really should avoid it.
If you really want to live a peaceful life you have to be willing to let the thoughts and opinions of you by others, bounce right off of you, once heard. Your peace doesn't come from being someone that others want you to be, in fact you will never find peace when you don't know who you really are, or why you are really here.