live your own life

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live your own life

To act, think, or behave independently; to be true to one's own interests, judgments, and beliefs, independent of the opinions or influences of others. I've never once worried about where you would end up after finishing school. Even from a young age, you've always lived your own life. I'm sick of being expected to follow in his footsteps as this great musician—I just want to live my own life!
See also: life, live, own

live your own life

follow your own plans and principles; be independent of others.
See also: life, live, own
References in classic literature ?
Shouldn't I be better off to have nothing to do with them, to live my own life, and make my own pleasures?
My Dearest: I am off--surfeited with endearment--to live my own life and do my own work.
So I'll be toasting that legacy as I bid farewell to 2015 - feeling inspired to live my own life to the fullest in 2016.
I can't wait to get away from my house and live my own life, but I won't be able to do that without money.
I want to live my own life without her looking over my shoulder all the time.
My mother loves me a lot and wants me to live my own life.
But it also depended on finding intellectual heroes for myself: people whose specific ideas inspired me and whose arguments I found clear, beautiful, and elegant, but also whose lives and the role ideas played in their lives were inspiring and provided a model for how I might live my own life.
Grand Life Coaching was formed three and a half years ago out of my commitment to live my own life doing what I love.
Not having to conform to someone else's idea of how I should live my own life.
At least that's how I've learned to live my own life.
I was never really unhappy, it is just that I wanted to reclaim my anonymity, to live my own life.
Here I can live my own life, have my privacy, go shopping with a girlfriend or to the theatre or cinema and no-one cares.
But Amy angrily hit back: "Let me live my own life.