Don't compromise your morals. --- There were some people in my life who did compromise themselves (and DEFINITELY their morals), rather than change the dickheads around them. Oh well, THEIR loss, not mine.
Your journey has molded you for your greater god, and it was exactly what it needed to be. Don't think that you've lost time. It took each and every situation you have encountered to bring you to the now. And now is right on time.
I'll never stop believing. 1 thing I learned from my father, he's the most positive person I ever have known. Fortunately I met my husband; he has the same name and has the same attitude: a positive mind~!
Silence is almost always mis-taken for something else. Calmness too often confused with complacency or indifference, and (sigh) kindness interpreted as an easy mark or being mistaken for one of those "suckers born every minute.