I’m not afraid to say that, like most people, I want to be accepted and liked by others. I want to have friends and be part of the group. Being left out sucks and having people make fun of me hurts my feelings. With that being said, I want to have friends and be part of a group that accepts me for who I am. People that appreciate my good qualities and accept my bad ones. I want to be around people that are going to lift me up and not bring me down.
I have come to terms with the fact that I can’t make everyone happy and that there are going to be people out there that don’t like me. Some of those people will have a legitimate reason to not like me while others wont. I am going to be judged by my hair, clothes and weight – things that might be a part of me but don’t define who I am as a whole.
I wish that I could say that social approval isn’t important to me, but that would be a lie. However, I have learned how to let things go and not to take the negative things personally. When it comes down to it, the only approval that I really need is that of my Heavenly Father, my family and myself. I might not be perfect but I would rather be with people that accept my flaws.