Nothing seems more genuine than starting out with someone else’s words. There’s a quote from Eat, Pray, Love that I should have tattooed on my forehead.
“Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it. You must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love
I’m becoming increasingly tired hearing the worry people have over others. Do you. I know I do a ton of random crap, probably a lot of stuff others don’t give a sh*t about. But I do. People will try to take away your authenticity every single day. I’ve had to truly ground myself in my family, close friends and let everything flow through them. Haters gonna hate.
In certain places, certain cultures some things matter and others don’t. Everything is relative. Give yourself some credit and spend your energy with people, situations and mediums that have a positive influence on you.