For being you and being seen in the wider world, you will be criticised for that.
For fitting in, for hiding, for not believing in yourself you will be criticised.
Even if you are amateur or a master you will be criticised by strangers, co-workers, associates, friends, family, and maybe the biggest critic, you.
You are not defined by what people think about you. The temptation maybe to fight each attack, but that unnecessary tension will be your undoing.
So listen to what the critics say, but know who you are. Know what your values are.
But be wary that, what you think you are, combined with your values will be challenged.
What is worse someone not liking you and you not liking yourself?
Someone not liking you and you liking yourself?
The first option is worse, I can’t control the negativity but I know what I’m about and that is important.
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat”.