You don’t have to.


You don’t have to be what other people want you to be. You don’t have to be interesting or agreeable or entertaining. You don’t have to tone yourself down, quiet your voice, or hide your feelings. You don’t have to be outgoing or spontaneous or sociable. You don’t have to be thin or beautiful or anyone’s definition of attractive. You don’t have to be anyone other than who you authentically are, and you sure as hell don’t have to spend your time and energy trying to convince people that you’re worth keeping around. The right people are going to recognize your worth. They are going to respect you, appreciate you, and accept you, without forcing you to compromise who you are. Life is too short, and your happiness is far too important, to make room for anyone who treats you otherwise.
-Daniell Keopke

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6 Comments

  1. I love what you have to say. This made me feel so much better about myself. Thank you. You made my day.

  2. I have aleays had aproblem standing up for myself, Im a people pleaser and that dont always work out so well

  3. I needed to read this. It’s often hard for me to believe that I “don’t have to”. Thank you for this post. Inspiring.

  4. i learnt that what people think of of u is none of your business,and to always stay true to yourself

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