One of the indicators of a mature individual is that they are happy with who they are. All too often we think that we must meet the criteria that others impose on us. To be truly happy, I think that each of us must be secure and also comfortable with who we are. This takes time and patience on our part; however, to be able to say "I am comfortable in my skin," is certainly just one of the hallmarks of some one who is secure and who also knows who they are. Not always easy, but I feel that the most important aspect of this statement is to realize that I am who I am. I am happy with my lot in life and I do not have to meet the standards and criteria that are the expectations of others who I know. From our youth, our parent and/or parents attempted to instill a set of values in each of us that would serve us well in our life. We all attended education institutions to learn and also become productive citizens. All of this is well and good; but the overiding factor is "We must be comfortable in our own skin." I post this today, to simply point out that the road if life is not easy, but I can assure everyone, that no matter who you are, you can be secure and comfortable. It takes patience and setting expectations that can be achieved. But never, never, ever sell yourself short. One of the neat aspects of this Support Group is that anyone can post a concern or question and replies will be forthcoming.