A tale I heard
Actor Whoopi Goldberg on having a sense of self:
"My mom instilled that in me. Her thing was: You can run with the crowd — which is fine; lots of people do — but if you’re someone who thinks outside of where other people want you to think, you might have some trouble. Because not everybody is going to get it. Not everybody is going to like it. And you have to be prepared to be alone. If you’re okay with all of that, then you can have the life that you want."