So many of us take some actions in life just to get validation from some people. We feel that these validations define us and make us who they. But the truth of the matter is that these validations have absolutely nothing on us. They have no effects on us. They neither take anything from us nor add anything.
How we often feel about being who our family or friends or even the society at large wants us to be is just a state of mind that we can change. If we can learn how to be ourselves against all odds, life would be easier and in the long run, better.
Don't lose yourself trying to fit in, stay put and be you.