Be The New Edition
Meeting new people is not difficult, changing the idea of who they think you are can be, but it's not your problem.
Whatever state of mind people are in is how they will interpret who they think you are or should be like. It's easier that way because then there is an excuse to like you, dislike you, criticize you or applaude you.
The best way to be is a non-conformist and a new edition with a new cover and a plot twist or two along the way.