Hi, Matt! I was having a quite similar issue, this message really hit home. Throughout this time I learned to surround myself with things I love and fake it till I make it. If people close to you aren’t supportive of the choices you’re making, cut them out of your life. Tell yourself this “I am not a garbage can so I do not need any stinky awful trash in my vicinity. ” And if it’s something you can’t change like coworkers who sit next to you or even someone as close as your siblings/ parents fake it till you make it. If you are confident about something no one will doubt you. As long as people think you are proud and got your claws out you’ll be fine. And if they stare or continue to act the way they’ve been, remember that you are closer to Beyonce. She gets haters and stares too!