“You don’t have to be anything you don’t want to be.
Please read that last sentence again, drinking it in as if it were an elixir.
Here are some corollaries:
You don’t have to live up to anyone’s expectations.
There’s no need to strive for a kind of perfection that’s not very interesting to you.
You don’t have to believe in ideas that make you sad or tormented, and you don’t have to feel emotions that others try to manipulate you into feeling.
In short, you are free to be who you want to be.
Experiment: Go out and demonstrate how true this is.”
– Rob Brezsny