To thine own self be true

We Fall As Shooting Stars

“To thine own self be true.” -Shakespeare

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For the last several months, I have been growing increasingly frustrated with myself. I have spent most of my life struggling to accurately represent my true emotions and personality, and not conform to what others expect of me. I felt as if I had vastly improved during the last few years, but as I grew and changed these last months, I felt once again that I was hiding beautiful parts of myself from vast swaths of friends and family. When you hide yourself from others, you can even start to lie to yourself, and that is a terrible, unhealthy place to be. But I am coming to realize that I shouldn’t hide anymore; the people I am afraid of losing are people who I love very much, and they love me. but if they can’t accept me, then I suppose that I…

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