This hit home several months ago for me. Just because something's going to take a long time doesn't mean you shouldn't bother with it. Start now, time will pass anyway. And who cares if it fails, try another way. Don't give up!
If you live with their acceptance, without it you will surely not last. So why focus on their acceptance? Why not be yourself and just understand some people might not accept you. Because only then can you live not FOR other people, but WITH other people.