I think Eleanor's quote is a bit loftier than the general people pleasing that I've been thinking about as of late. I can't help but feel like she said this in a moment of real crisis...maybe to FDR when he was trying to push The New Deal forward and people were hating on him. Or maybe she said it to herself when FDR was saying things like, "Don't attend the NAACP conference, it's not what a First Lady is supposed to do." And she was like - Imma do what feels right to me, Frankie (and then I imagine she sang "Shake It Off" to herself in front of her bedroom mirror, like we all do).
Anyway, no matter what it was originally about, the quote is dandy and still rings true today, even if you're applying it to less worldly problems.
In my case, one of my mini goals for this year is to stop worrying what other people think all the time. To stop worrying about whether they are happy (particularly with me). So this quote is a good reminder that, as long as you do what you think is right (for you, for the situation, for the people, for the world), then you can be happy with yourself and your choices. It's impossible for everyone to be happy with you (and that's ok - that's just life), so make sure the important people (namely yourself) are happy.
And then be prepared for inevitable criticism. Cuz that's what we humans do. We loooove to judge!
But you know...haters gonna hate. Hate. Hate. Hate. Hate. And I'm just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake. Shake it off.