Had a wake up mental "slap" from my confidant today. So what if people don't reciprocate the cultivation? Don't take it personally. "Focus on yourself". I must find peace with myself... work on myself.... be real and happy with myself. Looking to others won't fix that. Only once I am comfortable and good with who I am, will I really enjoy the friendship and company of others.
When the pain of holding on is worse than the pain of letting go, it is time to let go. Let go of needing everyone to like you. – Everyone doesn’t need to like you. But remember, just because some people don’t seem to care for you, doesn’t mean you should forget about everyone else who does.