“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
It’s easy to believe you should follow the herd, to believe that you should have what everyone else has, to want to be who society thinks you should be.
Oftentimes, we make ourselves feel smaller by comparing ourselves to the world around us. We judge ourselves based on society’s standards rather than our own.
The thing that we overlook is that we’re unique. We each have our own set of specific gifts and talents that add to the world at large. If we didn’t have these, I’m sure we wouldn’t have made many advancements as a species.
Recognizing and appreciating these special talents is what makes us larger than life. The simple fact that these talents are different than anyone else’s are what builds us into bigger, better versions of ourselves, and allows us something to be proud of.
I’ll be the first to say that self confidence is extremely difficult to cultivate. I struggled to find a small sliver for a long time, and even then, it’s a virtue. It’s something that has to be worked towards every day, with every decision and every passing thought.
It’s easy to let negativity creep in, but with a slight adjustment of the camera angle, we can see how big we really are, and how much our gifts really matter to this world. Chin up, kings and queens.