I always believed my desire to keep improving was one of my greatest strengths, but I realized it was also my biggest weakness. I took each criticism and evaluation to be truer than myself. I lost a lot of confidence because of it and I kept living in this lie that I was always wrong. But there was and is nothing "wrong" about the way I think or who I am.
Maturing is such a weird, painful process, not only to ourselves, but also to those around us. So I'm thankful to have people who are willing to stick around despite my weird, hurtful growing process..