It’s nice, the older I get the more comfortable I am with being myself. How I feel about myself is more important to me than how I look to others.
The more I do my own thing, the more I hear my name being talked about in a negative manner. My past actions used to revolve around other’s opinions, “Oh she will judge me if I do this.” I would stop myself from an opportunity due to an opinion that will never matter. I realized at the end of the night I’m the one in charge of my happiness, not them. To control my decisions under the influence of what someone else will think is not living life to the fullest.
I’ve lost friends along the way of defining what success and happiness is for me, but that’s okay. I don’t need people, who don’t like who I am. I want to surround myself with people who build me up, not tear me down.
When I realized I have my own qualities and will only ever be me, I became comfortable with the only skin I will live in. I ultimately stopped caring what others thought about me and started to be me, even if it violates what others see as accepted social norms.
I will continue not following the crowd and chase my own definition of success and happiness.
All I want in life is to be happy, healthy, and serve others through my career.