As a teenager, I often tried to win approval from people that I never genuinely resonated with. If I’d paid more attention to accepting myself, rather than focusing upon what I imagined others thought of me, I’d have saved myself an enormous amount of time and energy.
We never truly know what anyone thinks of us, and to spend our energy interpreting facial expressions, behaviour, even direct feedback is a waste of time.
When trying to guess and control other’s response to us, we betray ourselves. It’s our responsibility to honour our own inner world and leave others to pay attention to theirs.