A lot of the time those were very different views. It can get confusing. Throw in how you want others to see you, and sometimes the waters get very murky.
The closer I get to discovering the Authentic Me, the clearer my waters become, and the less I care how the world sees me.
I was never one to be terribly preoccupied with what others thought, though I will admit that how I wanted to be and who I was have often strayed a bit.
Not only am I standing taller and straighter these days, but I have a clearer path to the real me. And it feels damn good! Don't mistake it for being the easier path, though. It takes courage to be yourself sometimes, but the dividends will pay off in the end - often when you least expect it. And lets face it, Authenticity is sexy!!!
How do you feel about the real you? Do you think the world sees the real you? Do you think you show the world the real you?