Sometimes you're so desperate to escape yourself, you're willing to discover new terrain, no matter how dangerous or uncertain.
Criticism, no matter how playful, if it is all you have to measure yourself by, in the end, is simply criticism. Any positivity you feel about someone, unless properly communicated, is no good to anyone. It's a pretty little present, sitting in the corner, that unless given, is worthless.
Give endlessly in affirmation. Give generously, words of hope, praise and support. People need it more than you'll ever know. Especially those closest to you.