As you age you will soon come to find that people are more and less important at the same time. You may be more free from the constraints of others opinions but at the same time you like to socialize more. That socialization is often enjoyable and then set on the shelf for another time and place. Finding activities that make you happy with people who enjoy them with you is important for comfort.
Those activities can be great outlets that allow you to socialize, get into shape and engage in an activity. Some people like to dance, some like to go bowling, and others make like to do charity events. The person chooses those things that they enjoy the most. A few of us may like variety.
Being free means charting your own course in life with those things that may you...you! People will still want you to be like them and adhere to their beliefs. While you may be aware of the social consequences of not being "cut from a cookie cutter" you can navigate these environments.
Self-actualization is a process of allowing the inner self to come out beyond the social and financial constraints of society. It isn't about just pleasing people it is finding a community of like-minded individuals. It is also about creating resilience against unfair criticism. It is about finding those things that perpetuate your sense of self and happiness.