"Individuality is freedom lived."
(John Dos Passos; American novelist)
We are all unique. We are individuals with particular strengths, weaknesses and quirks. I believe we should celebrate our unique qualities, not hide them. They make us special.
Society pressures us to conform. Group norms, by their design, squelch individual expression. When social pressure inhibits us, we lose the chance to be our true selves. That's a shame.
In my life, I try to express my true nature -- even when it deviates from common practice. I face the fear of criticism by valuing my happiness above the opinions of strangers.
I encourage you to consider doing the same. Whatever your passions, embrace them. And dodge any cold water others try to throw on your dreams. We only live once, so we should do it our way.