Your worth isn’t up for grabs

Q: How can I stop basing my worth on what other people think of me?

A: At the end of high school and all through college, I really committed to dance—taking ballet classes, performing in my college’s yearly dance production, and more. I loved it all. 

And yet I felt nervous about sharing my love of dance with people I didn’t know, because I was afraid of the reactions and unkind comments I’d sometimes gotten. These responses didn’t make me rethink my love of dance, but they did make me feel some discomfort about who I was. Even after I graduated from college, I still felt hesitant to share this important facet of my life, for fear of what others might think.

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