"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind" - Dr. Seuss
What wonderful advice. Really puts things into perspective. This quote reminds me of the way my thinking changed after having children. My life before kids had been wrapped up in work. Sure I had a wonderful hubby...but work seemed to dominate my daily life (crazy way to live, I know). My identity was wrapped up in my position and I cared way too much about how my coworkers and clients thought about me. I was not very happy. I was in a job I didn't really like, trying to be someone I wasn't. Then, I had babies. Starting a family jolted me into rearranging my priorities. Work was no longer the most important thing in my life. I negotiated with my very understanding boss to move into a work from home position performing mainly employee training and HR duties (the parts of my former management job that I was really interested in). I worked an extremely flexible schedule that allowed me to spend time with my children. I finally was doing what I wanted to do....being a full time mommy and wife who just happened to work part time also. I am forever indebted to my wonderful children.....they caused me to slow my life down and realize that the people who truly matter will accept me as I am...I don't have to be something I'm not to impress them.