“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
I used to walk into a room and hold one hand in the other as a way to be less nervous. When people came up to me to talk, I’d have no issue finding something to talk about with them but I could never go up to other people and just start a conversation. I was shy. And there’s a very good chance I also felt I didn’t want to intrude or be a bother so I stayed to myself or only with the people I knew.
Years later, I can walk into any room and chat with anyone. And if the last eighteen months are any indication, I really do mean anyone. Although there are many times where I prefer to stay quiet so other people can be in the spotlight they want/need. Being self-confident goes a long way in my little career/job/lifestyle. Notice I didn’t say being obnoxious, I just mean I am fine with my flaws enough that I can be silly and not worry all day what people will think. I accept them.
But most importantly I’m comfortable enough in my skin that I take a #selfie by myself or with a friend (#usie) and post them without a filter. That’s a topic of conversation with some of my friends. “Oh no, I forgot you don’t use filters.”
I figure if I show people how I actually look that day, then I’m really being myself. What you see is what you get. My funny faces and pictures where I am still eating a cupcake. Or making a ridiculous face because a friend took a photo and didn’t think to check it before she posted it.
I’m fine with it all. And I’m proud I am a different person than I was years ago. Especially with social media being such a huge part of our lives. Being confident is one of the super powers I am happy to have.
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Disclosure: I am a member of the Invisalign Moms Advisory Board. I am receiving complimentary Invisalign treatment as part of this program. All opinions are my own and based on my own treatment experience.