Embracing who we are as individuals is a difficult task.
Through life many of us were neglected, and when we did receive attention, it may have been negative.
Growing up we may have developed the idea that somehow we were not worthy of love, or respect. Perhaps we entered the adult world and picked up where others left off and became our own worst enemy, abusing self, and allowing others to do the same.
Once we begin to cultivate self-love, and self-respect, denying others the right to harm us in words or deeds, we can never go back, no matter how minor the offense.
Others may try to tell you your “words” are not acceptable, that the way you express your thought is not sufficient, or lacking in some way.
It never fails … they will always be there, waiting to try and mold you into their preferred version of you.
Once we get to a certain point, it cannot be tolerated, not even in the slightest.
Embrace your authenticity. If it “rubs” people wrong, the issue is with them, not you ….
Of course, to be understood and have your ideas and perspectives accepted or at least pondered on by others, a certain tact must be used in the verbiage chosen.
I’m still working on tact.
And while I appreciate, and am grateful for suggestions, a cold, and seemingly superior ‘instruction’ as to my BE-ing will always be rejected.
No one usurps my will …. no one …. not any longer.
May you embrace your authentic self in a fierce manner which leaves no room for manipulation by others.
Respect …. when you have it for self, you tend to demand it from others.
And if they are not capable, if they insist on looking down their nose in a superior fashion … Let. Them. Go.