This can be a very hard lesson, indeed. Because many times we’re driven by what people think of us. Even if we’re not conscious of it.
People see us through their own filters: their likes, dislikes, insecurities, talents–all of it.
Some try to manipulate how people see them.
Look at some of the image management going on in social media circles. So much posturing. Sometimes so transparent.
But we really aren’t what people think of us, are we? We’re only what we are.
And those two things can be very different.