“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” -Dr. Suess

Never apologize for being yourself. Granted, this advice doesn’t warrant unnecessarily rude or extreme behavior.

Be yourself. Cultivate your personality, strengths of character. If you’re genuinely happy with the person you are, the people around you that actually matter will be just as happy with you. If you’re constantly treated with disregard or cynicism, rid your life of the naysayers and cynics.

Negative people are toxic. Make every effort to be on good terms with those around you, but cut out the human diseases who are out to harm you. You’re smart enough to know who your friends are and who’s not worth the time of day.

In yesterday’s Essence of Essjay, I referenced the concept of “home,” the place where you’re understood and accepted for who you are. Recreate a sense of home wherever you go by seeking the company of supportive and loving individuals who sincerely appreciate your company and every aspect of your rich personality.