There is a list of people in town who are waiting for you to fail.
There are people who are waiting to say, “I told you so. You had it coming. That’s what you get. You deserve this.”
There are people who time-stamp you, who think you haven’t really changed, that you’re still the same person because “I know how you really are.”
There are experts who will tell you it can’t be done.
There is the constant loop of self-condemnation, second-guessing yourself, holding yourself back because you think others will scoff at your newfound sense of confidence, the perpetual eye of criticism on anything you do outside the box you’ve been put in, that feeling the universe will somehow pay you back for every wrong thing you’ve done.