Do what you feel in your heart to be right- for you'll be criticized anyway. You'll be damned if you do, and damned if you don't.
I think this is one of the biggest lessons I have had to learn. Maybe it's just part of growing up. For the longest time I felt like a puppet, like every move I made I was making either for someone or to go against someone. Not until my late 20's early 30's-ish did I really start to become aware that this is MY life (instead of just yelling in a teenagery way... "IT'S MY LIFE!!!!!). Call me a late bloomer :) But, oh is it freeing when you realize you make your own life and if you really listen, your intuition will never lead you astray.
Why couldn't I have had this kind of "aha" moment in high-school?