Not being able to be yourself is exhausting. Choose to love, embrace and express the best of who you are and you free up so much energy you will be amazed.
I used to tiptoe around certain people and feel guilty if I didn’t do things their way, because they would point it out or just act mopey or I just assumed they were upset with me or would be. They didn’t or don’t realize the passive aggression in that nor did I realize the power I was giving it. And that is okay.
But I don’t have to play by those rules. I don’t have to like to do the exact same things others do or think the way they do, even those closest to me. I do not always have to act as they expect me to just because I used to. Having our own minds is what makes each of us unique and wonderful. As I respect that about myself, boy I can tell you that it makes me really happy and excited to encourage others. And to accept it in others and embrace it rather than being offended when I am the one who had been expecting something else is so much easier now! While allowing room for correction and instruction in my growth, being true to me is the best!