I want to shed my earned reputation

Jun 20, 2012, 06:32 IST | Dear Diana

Dear Diana, I'm a 23-year-old postgraduate student. I've earned a reputation of being wild and a woman of easy virtue.

I don’t know why I have earned the tag over the years but I could do without them. I’m trying to turn over a new leaf without doing anything that could be unsettling to my pride. So I’m wondering if I should settle down. I want to stop wasting time on no-good boys that I hang out with and end up sleeping with. But I don’t know how to find a soulmate. What do I do?
— Amee

Illustration/ Satish Acharya

Dear Amee,
You have earned a certain reputation and shedding it is no easy task. People have got a certain impression of you because of what they perceive after seeing your behaviour. You are a target for them. If you want to set things straight, tell them honestly what you feel. If they make fun of you, then you have to find some new friends, ones that can appreciate you and won’t label you. Also, you cannot go looking for a guy. Love happens and I am sure you will find a soulmate in due time. 

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