mistake: not being vulnerable

My childhood and adolescent years revolved around accomplishments and striving for the top of the mountain, not climbing over other people. By doing this, I saw accomplishments, being valedictorian, head of the class, most popular, most likely to succeed as the goals in life. In high school, making good grades to attend a prestigious university was the focus. Therefore, relationships fell to the wayside. All of these years, I’ve made the mistake of shutting people out, not letting them in and knowing who I was. I didn’t discuss my hopes and dreams with them for fear of failure. I’ve learned that peoples opinion of you change when they discover where you live, the car you drive, the money you do (or don’t) have, the title you hold – to some people this doesn’t matter, to other people it does. A lesson learned from Dr. Seuss – “be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”

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