"Never feel like you have to simplify yourself for anything or anyone"
That is undoubtedly one of the best pieces of advice I have ever been given, despite not appreciating what it meant at the time; the concept of not being oneself all the time just didn't make any sense. And then before I knew it I was a teenager, spending more time than I'd like to admit to, pretending to be someone I wasn't in order to fit in. One day I was reminded of that piece of advice, I instantly understood what it meant, I realised I hadn't taken it and only then could I truly recognise its value.
Never feel like you have to simplify yourself. Not to become popular. Not to fit in. Not for anything. You are worth so much more than that. Your thoughts, your opinions, your ideas are important. They're important because they're yours, you are important & you are a complex, unique and beautiful person.
Never feel like you have to like, read, buy, talk about or listen to particular things. Always do things because they make you happy. Because they make you feel good. Because you think they might teach you something new about yourself. Because you want to.
There are millions of little things that go into making you who you are.
You are not easily definable. It's okay to keep some things just for yourself.
Your happiness is important. You are worthy.
Trust yourself, always.