Joan Didion's on Self Respect Response Paper

You walk in the doors on your first day of high school. You’ve seen maybe one or two of your friends from last year but that’s it. You look around and notice all of the cliques and wondering where will you fit in? And how? It seems like a lot of people have changed from middle school to high school so the question is; who are you? In the selection “On Self Respect” By Joan Didion she explains her position of self respect and I have written my own view of what self respect is, which agrees with Joan’s definition.  
  I agree with Joan Didion’s definition of self respect, but also, in a way self-respect is hard to define, because it is different for every person. It all depends on your values and what really matters most to you. Keep your values close to you, because they make up who you are, and how you act. If you lose sight of these values, then you have lost your self-respect and have turned into someone else. “Self-respect has nothing to do with the approval of others.” You shouldn’t care what other people think about you and let their opinions and thoughts get to you; they aren’t worth it. Don’t make yourself over just to please someone else because they are not you. “Discipline, the sense that one lives by doing things one does not particularly want to do.” Only you can be you and what that is, no one will ever no. It’s something you have to find out on your own. It’s not necessarily easy, or the one thing that’s always one our mind. But nonetheless, it’s there, and we all have to go through finding ourselves at one point in time no matter how long we wait to do it. “We eventually lie down in that notoriously uncomfortable bed, the one we make ourselves. Whatever we chose to do, what path to follow, we one day face ourselves, take a look in the mirror. Whether we like what we see and are proud of it, or we run away and hide, never becoming what we are meant to become.
Our own self-respect is based on our values, but what we chose and make to be our values...