"You need to be this." "You have to always look your best." "You can't talk about that." "Even if you are what you say, don't share it with the world." "Do you even care about what you look like?" "You must always be positive." "Don't post that." "That's too personal." "What do you think the worlds going to think of that?"
I hear these run through my head all through every single day. And do you know what I've realized? These are not actually expectations of society, these are limitations. By caring so much about the worlds view of yourself or withholding who you truly are from those around you you are actually giving up major parts of yourself. And honestly, in return, you are becoming a miserable carbon copy of every other miserable human being who is too afraid of the worlds perspective of who they are instead of just loving who they really are. Having recognition and acceptance of one's self is such a rarity in this world we live in, as everyone is so beyond focused on fitting an unrealistic mold created by the world around us. And as a result, we miss out of the greatest gift we can achieve.... True self worth and ultimately happiness.