Don’t make yourself smaller for other people’s comfort. You’re doing them and yourself a grave disservice, and the lie of it will fester inside of you. You don’t have to be a storm. You can be a pen, or a song, or a flower, or even a coin, or any combination of things. Just make sure that it feels like you. Enough terrible people take up too much space in this world. Be fearless. Don’t shy away from claiming your own. Sounds like bullshit platitudes, for sure, but it’s solid advice and, I assure you, come by harshly and honestly.