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You ARE good enough. (Actually, you’re probably overqualified. But let’s start the week off humble.)

Your mental health is more important than your career, money, other people’s opinions, that event you said you would attend, your partner’s mood and your family’s wishes, combined. If taking care of yourself means letting someone down, then let someone down.

Being told you’re appreciated is one of the simplest yet most incredible things you can ever hear.

Never apologize for being too much. Too passionate. Too strange. Too curious. Because no, you’re not normal, and that’s a blessing.

You’ll never have to negotiate your way into a heart that wants you there.

No matter what you do, someone won’t be pleased. Someone will think your choices are wrong. And someone will tell you what should do instead. No matter which path you take, someone will seem to be doing better. Someone will have more than you. And someone else’s life may look more impressive on paper. If you’re being true to yourself, none of that will matter because you’ll have something more satisfying than approval and the illusion of “success”: a life that feels right for you, based on your own wants, needs, values, and priorities.

It’s okay to care about what people think. Just know there’s a difference between valuing someone’s opinion and needing their approval.

Don’t trade your authenticity for approval.

The truth is that the way other people see us isn’t about us—it’s about them and their own struggles, insecurities, and limitations. You don’t have to allow their judgment to become your truth.

You will be free the moment you stop worrying about what other people think of you.

When you start seeing your worth, it’s harder to stay around people who don’t.

One day it just clicks. You realize what’s important and what isn’t. You learn to care less about what other people think of you and more about what you think of yourself. You realize how far you’ve come and you remember when you thought things were such a mess that they’d never recover. And then you smile. You smile because you are truly proud of yourself and the person you’ve fought to become.

Don’t change to win someone’s heart. Stay true and you’ll find someone who likes you for being you.

No matter what people think of you, always keep singing your own song.

You don’t need anyone’s affection or approval in order to be good enough. When someone rejects or abandons or judges you, it isn’t actually about you. It’s about them and their own insecurities, limitations, and needs, and you don’t have to internalize that. Your worth isn’t contingent upon other people’s acceptance of you—it’s something inherent.

Everybody does not have to like you. That is not their job. Liking you is not anyone’s purpose in life except yours.

You can’t always please everybody, but you can do what makes you happy and just hope that those around you will be happy for you.

There’s a difference between caring about what others think and worrying about it. When you care about what other people think, you respect and value their opinions. When you worry about, you depend on their validation for your worth. So keep caring. Keep treating people like they matter. Just know that you matter too, whether they confirm it or not.

Don’t worry if someone does not like you. Most people are struggling to like themselves.

If you really want to live your life to the fullest and realize your greatest potential, you must be willing to run the risk of making some people mad. People may not like what you do, people may not like how you do it, but these people are not living your life. You are!