Having the courage of your own convictions, living according to your principles, being true to your values… These noble-sounding epithets can be simply expressed but are much harder to live by.

Having the confidence to do what you believe is right when others disagree requires inner strength, self belief and bravery. It also means there will be times when one is troubled by doubt, uncertainty and other discomforts. The worst of these is perhaps the loneliness.

You may never know if your decisions were the right ones, nobody will reassure you, you may feel misunderstood and even unpopular.

But then, nobody said it was going to be easy, and if you are one of those rare people who live in the light of your own honesty, the world needs you, so please keep it up!