Or fellow workers at the office. Or friends at the gym. The mere anticipation of their scrutiny arrests all growth before it can begin to germinate. “Why have you changed your way of life? Was everything you did until now wrong? Why do you feel a need to be different?” The most tyrannical regime could never be as oppressive.
The secret is, they may never even make a comment. They probably don’t even care. So where do all those intimidating questions come from? They come from your own little tyrant inside.