Even though a person may be kind and polite, there are people who go through life experiencing the uncomfortable feeling that they are not liked by others. This is a strange phenomena, one I have experienced many times over the years. In my opinion, it doesn’t matter. We are all on a unique path of our own, one which does not require acceptance from others in order to move forward through the forest of souls. Therefore, in order to deal with such circumstances, I have developed a metaphorical shield of sorts. See, it does not matter whether people like you. You are here to live with strength and gratitude for the gift of life bestowed upon you by unknown forces. You are here to build a productive and joyful life. You are here to guard your own. Beauty can be seen in the light that glints from a steel sword. You are forged. You are a powerful force of nature. Steel does not need to be liked. Steel has a steadfast purpose. So I live quietly … at times with a sharp gaze that might intimidate some … while a silent purpose lives behind my eyes. For I need not be accepted … and I have no time for sadness on this mission of love.