You just got your hair cut but not your usual style. The stylist gives you the hand mirror to take a look at your new do. With anxious wonder, you look in the mirror and you think, "maybe this was a mistake". Too late! Now you've got to adjust to this drastic change and your only comfort is knowing that your hair will grow back..... eventually. In the meantime, you're stuck with this unusual new look, and to add insult to injury, you have to pay for it! Well, you don't have to, you could complain 'dissatisfaction' and refuse to pay, but then you'll never be able to return to the salon and you "love this salon". Anyway, "it's not their fault" you think to yourself, "I'm the one who asked for a change". So you pay the bill and head for the door.
As you're walking down the street, you pass these two young ladies sitting at your favorite outdoor café sipping cool Latte's and giggling their little hearts away. You think to yourself, "Oh no! They're laughing at my hair! Where's a hat store? I've got to hide this mess!" So you run off looking for the nearest store that sells hats. You find a store but there's not a great selection of hats, so you settle for this over-priced, yellow and purple, reversible rain hat, put it on to hide your new do and walk out of the store feeling a false sense of confidence. Now you really look weird. What's a girl to do?
Now you're wondering, "how do I explain this crazy new look when I go back to work?". Somehow you gather up the courage to face your co-workers, anticipating their shock when they see your new haircut, but to your astonishment, they love it! All day long you're getting complements on how great you look. Now you're brimming with confidence and you think to yourself, "the new haircut was a good idea after all!"
You put yourself through all of this because of the two young ladies you saw sitting at the café giggling as you walked by. But guess what! They weren't laughing at your new haircut. They were laughing over some new photos they just had developed from a recent vacation. They weren't laughing at you at all.
The lesson here is, just because they're laughing doesn't mean they're laughing at you.