So many times throughout our lives we found ourselves being disrespected, mistreated or misunderstood. We can't do much about that but stand up for what we believe in and continue to stay true to who we really are. If it is belief that you are someone in which you are not, let that be. You know who you are and that is most important!
Even though there isn't much that we can do about being misunderstood, showing people why their perception of you is misleading can ultimately help. Although it may not convince everyone that you are a certain way, but it really doesn't matter. Not everyone knows what you been through or why you live the lifestyle that you live, so either way you will always be misunderstood.
A common problem today is that so many people are more concerned about what everyone is in doing in their life, with their life, and less focused on their own. When that is considered "normal" in any society, it will simply become uncivilized and many many problems will arise; eventually escalating to issues. The point is to get caught up in something real, not straight bull crap.
Disrespect is the worst form of behavior that anyone can show. And it's the most painful to see. If you cannot show people the respect and dignity that they show you, you're self-centered and trapped in a misleading ego. On that note, don't take disrespect from anyone. Make sure people are knowledgeable that you will not tolerate nor accept it.
Just because you demand respect doesn't mean that you are cocky. Everyone deserves to be addressed with respect. You shouldn't have to be of authority to receive it, everyone should. Do I have to repeat the phrase: everyone deserves respect? Don't take no BS, especially if you don't deserve it. If you do, then take what you have earned. Ideally, be the best you!