do your own thing


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do one's (own) thing

To do what one is interested in or skilled at. You don't have to go to med school just because your sister did—you need to do your own thing. Andrea is very independent and usually just does her own thing.
See also: thing

do your own thing

INFORMAL
COMMON If you do your own thing, you live, act, or behave in the way you want to, without paying attention to other people's opinions. She was allowed to do her own thing as long as she kept in touch by phone to say she was okay. I made a point of doing my own thing on the pitch and ignored my coach's instructions.
See also: own, thing

do your own thing

follow your own interests or inclinations regardless of others. informal
See also: own, thing

do your own ˈthing

(informal) live, act or behave as you want, not as others tell you to do; be independent: Mark’s father wanted him to be a doctor, but Mark wanted to do his own thing and run an art gallery.
See also: own, thing