As a teenager, I often tried to win approval from people that I didn't even resonate with. By prioritising what others thought of me, rather than tuning into my truth, I betrayed myself in endless ways; agreeing to situations I didn't want to be part of, not speaking out, playing 'extrovert' when I craved solitude.
We can never really know what anyone thinks of us. To spend our precious energy interpreting others facial expressions and trying to mould ourselves to fit what we imagine they want from us results in disconnection and self-betrayal.
Ironically, prioritising our relationship with ourselves has the added bonus of enhancing our authentic and meaningful relationships with others too.