I was walking through the halls today and I saw a poster that had one of my favorite quotes on it:
"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind."
It took me a long time to figure this out, but I think I finally did. Being who you are means that you are sticking to your guns and saying the things you want to say. It's one of the blessings we have here in America...the freedom of speech. So use it! In order to be whatever it is that you want to be, you have to speak up, let others hear your voice.
As soon as you decide to speak up, though, doubt inevitably follows. What is this doubt? It's the fear of what other people will think of you. It's the uncertainty of the consequences that are bound to follow. It's suppressing who you are! This is when it becomes a problem, and where the second part of the quote comes in. Those who matter don't mind the doubts that flood their consciousness. They are able to overlook it, be themselves, and do...something! And what a triumphant feeling it is to do something rather than sit idly by and wait for someone else to do that same something.