At many points in your life, you will be faced with the decision to change yourself. Change is good, but change is scary. You never know how your life might turn out to be after the change.
But when you feel mistreated, miserable, and unhappy, then it is definitely time to change yourself. And it has to be you to make the change. It can’t by anyone or anything. If you’re forced to change, you’ll only feel uncomfortable and then return to your old self, the one who’s making you unhappy.
Change is good. You need to move on from one phase of your life to another. You learned a lot, though it cost you a lot, mentally. But the knowledge is worth the pain. You get to know yourself better and understand life from your own perspective. Events that trigger a change to happen will cement your perspective on life and make you more mature than ever.
If there is still something, or someone, refraining you from moving on, then ask yourself, do you really want to change? Are you living the life you want? Are you content with the direction your life is taking?
People will always judge one another. There will be people who will dislike your change.
But in the end, what matters most to your heart is what you feel.
Only then will you truly be content, and only then will people see the beautiful you.