Speaking your truth
I used to crave approval. There's a little girl inside me who still gets deeply hurt when people don't like her. I acknowledge that. I have to give myself a bit of a pep talk about it every now and then.
Here's what I've learned though. I need to speak my truth more than I will ever need approval. Not necessarily for my own sake either but for the people out there who might just be like me.
Speaking your truth is not an easy thing to do when you're me because some of my truths aren't really popular opinions. Speaking my truth on Facebook can be terrifying because it's a public forum and I open myself up to huge judgement. That's okay though because there is always someone who needs to hear what I have to say. Even if it's just one person, it makes speaking out worthwhile.
I think it's human nature to identify with a cause or an idea or a person that we are willing to put ourselves on the line for. For some it's animal activism. For others it's people with cancer. For some it's LGBTQ rights. It doesn't matter what the cause is, it's a wonderful thing to make your voice heard in support of a higher ideal. It's okay not to have the same cause as others.
It's so important to find that something that you feel true passion for. The words you speak about it are the words you'll remember when your life is ending. Passion and purpose are so connected and at the intersection of the two, our lives become more meaningful.
So speak your truth and speak it loud. There will be people who take offence. There will be people who are rude about it. There will be people who call you names. There will also be people who are given hope by your words... and comfort and a sense of belonging. Those are the people who count.