Confidently Being Weird

Friday, June 1, 2018

Happy Friyay friends!! It was a gloomy day here in Ohio, but that’s okay because a little rain can be good for everyone! I like gloomy days like today because it’s the best weather to relax and recollect your thoughts, especially at the end of a week! After getting back into my usual routine from the holiday weekend and talking to my friends and family, I have been feeling a lot more confident about things in my life. Confidence is something I think everyone struggles with, whether they like to admit it or not. I know confidence does not come easy to some people and I know some people are just gifted with it. To those people who are struggling with confidence, that’s okay because you are not alone. I have struggled for years with it, and I will probably struggle with it for years to come and that’s okay. BUT, there are some things I came to realize after this week.

After talking with some of my friends and family, I realized being happy with yourself is HUGE for your confidence. For example, I have a friend who has been working on their fitness, and earlier this week texted me saying how they were getting compliments on how they looked and how they were feeling better about themselves. It’s such a small thing, but to me they sounded so happy with themselves and in return that happiness drove their confidence up a lot, which makes me so happy for them because that is something to be confident in. Another example is I have a cousin who just recently went through a divorce and has been fighting (and kicking ass if I do say so myself) to bring themselves back to happiness and grow their confidence. They have been telling me about how they have overcome this struggle to find them self again and getting to listen to them talk so passionately about how they found happiness again is honestly amazing. Getting to that point and being able to talk about how they found happiness again is such a confidence booster. Everyone goes through things in life, and yes it gets so tough at points, but you need to be happy with yourself. Whatever you are going through, I bet you are kicking butt in and that’s something to be happy and confident in.

Another thing I realized is that someone, somewhere is looking up to you. You might say I’m crazy for that because you’re probably thinking “who would look up to this train wreck?” Trust me I get it, but there is someone out there living in your shadow and is looking up to you. Whether they’re older, younger, the same age, they are looking up to you because you are doing something they can’t or you’re someone they aspire to be. I am constantly telling my best friend how nervous or shy I am and her response is always “Stop, you are the most confident person I know and wish I could be as confident as you.” In reality my bff is just as confident if not more confident than me, but the fact that she looks up to me in that aspect fuels me to be more confident in myself. It doesn’t fuel me to blow up my ego, it fuels me because I should be proud and confident in myself because some of the closest people to me are proud and confident in me. People are looking to you for a reason, so remember to be proud and confident in yourself.

The last thing I realized is to be proud of yourself. No matter your age, you have done something in your life that you are proud of, so own it. When I first started blogging, my family gave off the “Ha, it’s never gonna work” attitude even though they said they supported my decision. Well here I am four months later, and my blog is doing amazing. So, despite their attitudes I am BEYOND proud of myself for how far my blog has come. I am owning up to that proudness because I have worked so hard to get to this point. Because I am proud in myself, my family has become so proud of me for doing something I love. Seeing their supportive comments has given me so much confidence to keep blogging. So even if it’s the smallest thing, if you are proud, OWN that shit because it’s something to be proud of.

I have been watching many of my friends and family doing these things without evening realizing
they’re doing them and I have watched their confidence grow so much because of it. Each and every one of us were put on this earth for a reason, and yes, we might not know that reason now or anytime soon but in the meantime love yourself and be confident in yourself, the rest will fall into place. There is only one of me, one of you, one of all of us, so own you and your life. Whether you think you’re weird, shy, annoying, or anything that puts a bad connotation on the view of yourself, be confident in it because that’s you. I think I am one of the weirdest person ever, but I’m confident in my weirdness. Don’t get me wrong I am not trying to tell anyone what to do or how to feel about themselves. I am just here to say no matter who you are, be proud and confident in yourself because I know I am proud of you and your confidence no matter how little or big it is.

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