Everyone likes the idea of being ‘liked’.
Being liked sure looks good, especially on social media where you can get the numbers on just how popular you and others are; how many followers, how many friends, how many likes, how many comments.
Being ‘liked’ is something that a lot of us strive for and it’s not necessarily something to feel bad about. But when we use being liked as a measure of our worth—especially on social media—our desire to be liked can become pretty unhealthy.
In our heads, we want to think that those around us like us just as much as we like ourselves. It feels unnatural—and downright scary—to think that there are (or will be) people who won’t necessarily like us.
But here’s the big, earth-shattering truth: it’s okay to not be liked by everyone. And here’s why.