“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.”~Dr. Seuss
Imagine a life where you have been cut off from pretty much all modern forms communication. You don't watch television, look at anything on the internet, and you really have no idea what goes on in the world for about a year. It's a scary thought, considering just how connected we are in todays world.
Would you find more of who you are without all these common day to day influences, or would you just go mad? As humans living in modern civilization we are influenced by so much in our daily lives that it's hard to discern what we want, what we need, and what we think we need. Watching an hour of television tells us about what we should look like, what we should eat, how we should spend our money, and even how we should feel about everything from politics to relationships.
If all the influence around you were purely positive and purely for your own good, life would certainly be a little clearer to discern. Maybe we wish we could change where we are, what we do, or how much money we make as quickly as we can update a Facebook status. The truth is who we are at our cores doesn't change with any of that, because the truth is that when everything else is stripped away, all that is left is who we are.
In life, we can surround ourselves with people who give us "strong suggestions" on how to live, or we can find the people who see us at our cores; the people who want us to simply be happy. The people who love you don't care if you're carrying a few extra pounds, but they do want you to be healthy. Loved ones see you as a success whether you're working for minimum wage, or making six figures; no matter what they do want you to feel good about yourself and see your own value.
The less we care about what the world thinks, our "world" being the people we surround ourselves with, the more we please ourselves, and the faster we weed out those who really aren't part of our key to happiness.