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As someone who’s a little strange and doesn’t exactly follow societal standards, I find myself hyper-aware of people’s reactions to me. I get a lot of dirty and weird looks from strangers, and even get insulted to my face sometimes by people I don’t know. I take everything really personally and there’s days when leaving my house and having to be around people is incredibly draining. Within the past few months I’ve spent an immense amount of energy rebuilding my self confidence and I’ve found it easier to deal with these things. I keep in mind that I am not responsible for the way people react to me, and that whatever they are responding to is a reflection of what they see in themselves (or lack in themselves). One of my favorite quotes is “We do not see things as they are, we see them as we are,” and keeping this in mind helps. Regardless, I try to see the good in everyone and not take everything so personally. It makes me happy 🙂
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