There’s a song by Drake called “Congratulations.” He’s talking to his haters and critics and gives them a tip on what they can do with their thoughts:
“I got a black box where suggestions go.”
People can be quick to offer suggestions, opinions, and advice for just about anything - especially when not actually asked for any.
Their intentions may be good (at times). I think it’s more of a reflex for them to say such things like when the doctor whacks our kneecap with that tiny hammer.
The natural thing to do is then justify or explain yourself.
There’s no need to.
Create your own “black box” for those suggestions.
Maybe you’ll get back to them someday.