A cock crows wherever it is; in the palace or on the street, alone or with other fowls, when the owner is there or in the presence of strangers, whether before a king or a pauper. It doesn’t need anyone’s permission to do so, neither can it be stopped from ever crowing until it’s neck is chopped off.
Being yourself is a lifetime calling. It is something you should not wait for anyone’s permission to do, whether or not they like you to be so. It is also something you should do irrespective of where you are, or who you are with.
You must not let any person or situation intimidate you. Know who you are, and keep being that person. Your job is to stand your ground and hold out your integrity; it is the job of others to acknowledge you for who you are, not to mold you into what they want you to be.