Recently, a friend of mine explained that his favorite thing about photography was the editing. He explained that it was in the editing stage that he could share his worldview, his unique stance, and expression. Just like how we can take a selfie and modify it with the right filter.
And that made me think.
There are people who, despite your best efforts to show them, will never see or understand who you are, but will see you through the lens of their own perception.
You will forever spend your life trying to please and appease these people unless you realize the need to stay true to who you are. I am not saying in any way, shape, or form that these people always mean you ill. On the contrary, they may genuinely have the best intentions for you. But, if you spend your whole life trying to teach a cheetah how to fly, it will never learn just how fast it can run.
My point? You have a calling and a destiny that YOU ALONE can walk. There are people who may never understand the entirety of your story but after reading one chapter may have their own idea of how your story should end. Am I saying not to take their advice? No. I am not. But just like brewing coffee, we have to FILTER out what we need and leave the rest behind. See and appreciate their heart, but protect yours.
Know who you are. Know what you stand for. Be YOU regardless.
~No matter what, always head towards the sun.~