Yes, defend your essence! Don't get lost in who you are, but be, every day, your own, unique and spectacular version of yourself.
That way, you will always know, the direction in which life takes you and the opinions of others will never confuse your heart, because you will know exactly who you are today and who you may be tomorrow. You will know what awaits you and live a new day every day!
Remember, your days are yours, your essence is yours, don't limit yourself! On the contrary, allow yourself to explore everything that life brings you again.
And when you feel or think something contrary to what you read here, face yourself in the mirror without fear, open a beautiful smile and say to yourself:
I know who I am, but I want to find out who I can be. I am change, I am essence, I am unique and truly mine!
You may be surprised when you discover that your essence is a range of possibilities, and that you can be what you want to be, without fear, without questioning; just BE YOURSELF, ALL THE TIME BEING A NEW BEING!