Everybody wants to be liked. It’s human nature. I tried for many years to create what I thought was the best version of myself according to society’s standards. This included maintaining honors in school, not partying/being trashy, having a boyfriend that I could marry after college, and obtaining a respectable job with a good income.
I accomplished all of the things I set out to do. I knew I looked good to the outsiders. My family was proud of me. People commented on how well I did for myself.
I’m not saying these are bad goals, but they weren’t purely mine. I based them on what I thought people wanted out of me.
I spent a lot of time becoming the person I thought I should be rather than who I was meant to be.