People including those close to you will label you as someone else’s they knew. It’s not you, but they called you that because they don’t really know the real you. Sometimes and most of the times they’re just guessing and fishing.
You have to show them the real you even if they wouldn’t like it or even if they wouldn’t recognize you. Most of the time they won’t because they think you are what they think you are, but deep inside is a different you they do not know about.
It is lonely to be you but it’s the most liberating feeling you will ever have. It’s the best feeling in the world when you finally show up and be your BIG self, not the one who acts in front of them just to belong. Sometimes, you have to speak in order to be heard. If they won’t listen then it’s not your problem. Let them guess who you really are because you are unique and cannot be compared to anyone.
Sometimes, being childish is okay in front of the right people; some people doesn’t find it cool and will criticize you , so keep your child within. Let it out when you are called to, but always be Yourself. Most of the time, just let it out when you’re feeling safe and accepted. If not, let your BIG self come out. No one else will protect you from danger but you yourself alone.
If they hurt your child within, it is your duty to protect it. Some adults are just crazy. They think they are better that you and will talk as if you’re the worst until you showed them unimaginable. Stay humble but don’t hesitate to show them what you can to support yourself; to be your personal therapist, personal coach and personal friend, your personal advisor and most of all your personal protector.