Updated: May 18, 2022
Explain - account for (an action or event) by giving a reason as excuse or justification
The second thing to work on in your first place status maintenance is feeling the need to explain yourself. Even when someone thinks you owe them an explanation, it's not always the case. If your choices don't have a direct impact on them, leave others out of your business. Genuine family members and friends should respect you enough to not badger you for details if you decide not to give them. Everyone doesn't need to be informed of every step you're making in life, so if you want to keep your business to yourself, do so. It's not a crime.
Too many people can be taught to care too much about how other people see them, what they think, or what they'll say. And one of the most liberating decisions you can make is to choose not to care about other people's opinions. After all, they're not paying your bills. The only person you should have to explain yourself to is the one you see when you look in the mirror. Do what makes you happy, what keeps you healthy, and what benefits your core health traits the most.
Here's a thought: Are you honestly living the life you want, or existing in someone else's for what they need?