Who Are You?
Who you are to the core may not always make you popular but it will provide you with peace of mind, forfeiting the burden of pretending to be something that you're not. People often go throughout life making decisions based on what others may think about them. What a headache! If closets came without doors, trust, we'd all be walking around with a 'this is me accept it' kind of attitude because exposed flaws would then be the norm. But because our closets do have doors and we live in a society where uniqueness alienates you, we opt out of being ourselves and in turn become indifferent to the person that we really are.
How unfortunate for all of those who would benefit from you being the person who God created you to be. I think about the impressionist artist, Pablo Picasso, and his expression of art. The art society during the time in which he lived, didn't acknowledge paintings trying to capture movement, to be actual art. It wasn't until several years later that his work became widely accepted, making his paintings to be of great value. Had he stopped creating and stayed within the confines of what others expected of him, we wouldn't have the pleasure of looking through the eyes of one of the greatest impressionist of that time.
Have you ever met a total stranger where you were completely yourself and they loved everything about you? Recall how you felt being accepted for your true nature. Embracing compliments from others who were inspired by you just being you. Wasn't that more easy? Didn't it make you feel great. Consider going back to that place and allow every encounter moving forward to be a genuine one. Your reflection should be that of you and only you.