Surround yourself with positive people. People who challenge you to be better but support your decisions. People who won't make you feel like shit for making a mistake, people who love you as a person unconditionally because they know you'd support them the same way. People who don't make you second guess yourself because what makes you happy doesn't match their personal beliefs, isn't what they would do.
Don't be afraid to stand on your own, to push away people in your life for a period of time that are toxic to your mental or physical health. Don't be afraid to stand up for yourself. Family, friends, doesn't matter. No matter who it is in your life, they don't get the right to tell you how to live your life, to tell you who you are, to guilt you by saying "how does that make me look" or "that isn't who you are". Don't be afraid to go against the grain, to do something you are passionate about that may be different than those around you. You are individual for a reason, you are your own person, and no one should put someone down for doing what makes them happy.
For too long I worried what my family would think, what my closest friends would think, whether I'm doing something right, whether they would approve. I've held myself back from things that were too risky in others eyes, too different from their beliefs. I've been afraid to disappoint those closest to me. I've become toxic at times towards the people who have made me the happiest person in the world, who got to know me for me, and not who others wanted me to be. They've saw me happy, smiling, joking, and enjoying life every day and positive towards everything and everyone around me.
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