Published on Medium 7th November 2017

I used to care deeply about what people thought of me.

I smiled sweetly at folks I met, even if I didn’t feel much like smiling. I said “no problem” if a client asked me to reconfigure a piece of work, even if it really was a problem. I tried to honour commitments I made to colleagues, even if doing so put me under a lot of stress.

On social media, I put beautiful memes on my Facebook page and felt good when people shared them. I took flattering selfies and posted them to Instagram, happy for any attention they got.

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