From the expectation that one must go to school, find a job, get married, etc. It's almost like a standard sequence that we must all follow. Yet beyond it all, if we are able to accept who we are and be ourself then we'll be achieving something greater than the rewards we may believe we can gain from others. However, by truly understanding and accepting oneself, everything you do you know you will be what *you* want to do, and in doing so your find and can potentially transcend yourself.
I'll leave you now with two nice quotes which has helps to add a slightly different perspective to those thoughts:
“Accept everything about yourself--I mean everything. You are you and that is the beginning and the end--no apologies, no regrets.” - Henry Kissinger (American political scientist)
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson