Transcend the Bulls**t: believe in your higher self and don't let others drag you down
Easier said than done.
Environmental and interpersonal factors are easy to blame for things going wrong, but the responsibility for your choices, your habits, your change always comes down to you.
When you are surrounded by closed-minded and repressive people, you might struggle to cope and grow as a person. That is not to say that those people do not care about you, they just may not have grown like they could have done, if they'd travelled or experienced more than what was in front of them. If they were not simply 'replaying the tapes' of their own childhood, passing their trauma on to the next generation and if they opened their minds, then everything could flourish and grow. They could glow. But their past has kept their light dim, and now you think they want to dim yours.
First thing to do is forgive those around you, in your own head. It is not necessarily all their fault and you can only control your own thoughts and actions. It is not your job to educate those who do not wish to learn. They will just think you are a weirdo and you need to let them. Perception is nine tenths of the law in someone's head so how you see me, how I see myself and how others see you, is like 'your truth, my truth and the actual truth,' all different perceptions of the same thing. You are not responsible for other people's perceptions of you. What others think of you is none of your business. You have to deal with the man (or woman) in the mirror.