That thing that’s holding you back? It’s opinions. It’s this idea that somehow it’s plausible with enough bending and stretching to appease everyone. To be liked by everyone. To blend in just enough that everyone will somehow love you.
NEWS FLASH: It’s not possible.
Sometimes you will be misunderstood or judged for something completely out of your control. They’ll judge you the minute you walk in or because of your last name. They’ll judge you because of how you look or the way you talk. Does it sting? Absolutely. Does it define you? Hardly.
Not everyone is going to like you. It’s OK.
Stop trying so hard. Stop worrying about what others think and apologizing for every little thing. So, you’re too much or not enough. Stop letting opinions dictate your worth.
You weren’t given this life to blend in; to conform so much you don’t even recognize the woman staring back at you. That’s not living sis.
Be you. Whoever that is. Go into this year with a fire so bright that people can’t help but notice.
Will everyone like you? No, but honestly – who cares.
This piece originally appeared at They Whine So I Wine, published with permission.