"I would always rather be happy than dignified."
State of being.
I've always been a huge advocate for the idea of personal happiness over all else. My mentality has always been, if I'm happy with myself, that's all that matters. But there's a fine line with being happy and not caring what others think of you, versus being happy with yourself, not caring what others think, but still being a kind and considerate person. It's taken me many years to learn that, and it's definitely not wisdom I possessed in my early teenage years. Many of the women we admire are or were strong, independent women. They spoke their mind, had their own opinions, and ultimately did what they thought was right and what made them happy. However, they carried out their actions in ways that made them good people. Yes, it's great to have the self-confidence to not care what others think of you, to do whatever it is that makes you happy, but at the same time, it's always more important to be a nice person. It is possible to do both -- my mother taught me that. What is your state of being?