Once you find yourself, once you find your ‘thing’, the discovery which makes you who you really are, lean into that and take pride in it. Take some comfort in knowing what little others out there know. If you discover the thing that makes you smile when you look in the mirror, keep on keeping on with that. If you can take pride in what you are and who you are, then you’ve already done half the work in this life. No outsider authorization necessary.