Stand up for yourself and speak your mind. Say no to people if you don't want a part in what they're pushing you to do. When you say no to places you don't want to attend, people you don't want to see, and things you don't want to do, you're saying YES to yourself.
There are too many people in this world going through the motions, doing what everyone else thinks that they "should" or "shouldn't" do. Then they become scared and suppressed and squashed into a role that they don’t even want in life. Be strong and do what you want. Your long term happiness is more important then other people's short term disappointment.
Don't find yourself falling into a trap, find yourself creating the outcome you want. You control your life, you control your destiny. You get to create the life you want to live. You're life is not predetermined. Trust yourself and be courageous.
"All the people on the planet, working 9 to 5 just to stay alive, how come?" - Beyonce