Don't miss this AMAZING quote
"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."
Essentially, he's saying that the people who ultimately matter in your life are the ones who will value you for who you are. On the other hand, those who try to prod you to change -- most likely out of a deep-seated urge to seek validation for their own thoughts and decisions -- shouldn't have any place in your life.
Those who take exception with your interests, beliefs, and values do little to enrich your life, whereas people who embrace what makes you you are true keepers.
There's nothing I find more irritating than a person trying to persuade me into thinking or acting more on them, let alone after I tell them I want to stick to my guns.
There's a difference between suggesting someone consider something they may initially be opposed to, and badgering them to make them think or act more like you for the sake of pleasing your ego.
If the person appears resistant, the other should take a hint and let them be. If their intransigence is too much for the latter to stomach, the relationship is a lost cause.
We should all embrace our uniqueness. After all, there's only one of each of us in the world, so why bow to pressure to make yourself more like others?
Never let anyone make you think you're not good enough. Those who have a problem with the way you live your life are likely unhappy with theirs. Misery loves company. But never stand for that. Be yourself. Love yourself.