I always used to let other peoples’ feelings about me define me. My self esteem was at an all-time low when I felt paranoid. I always questioned if everyone’s motives were genuine, or because they felt bad for me. I believe that this aspect of my mind made me unable to connect fully with others.
I feel like I can finally say that these feelings are somewhat of an afterthought nowadays (when they occur at all), after years of self-development, figuring out how to get closer to people, and sometimes forcing myself into uncomfortable situations to see (and appreciate) my inner strength.
I’ve tried to only surround myself with genuine individuals, and I constantly try to take things for what they are.