I was never a very confident individual. I have spent most of my life dealing with a massive fear of rejection, which has prevented me from truly putting myself “out there” in the past.
That is obviously not the case anymore. Don’t get me wrong, I still have demons. I’m not 100% self confident, 100% of the time… far from it.
But I think that when we start living our life “on purpose”…. in other words… doing what we know in our hearts we were put on this earth to do… confidence just springs up naturally. And I think that is because we are finally (and maybe for the first time in our lives) actually being honest with ourselves… about what really matters to us…. and honest with the world.
“I am a photographer!!!!”
For decades I never had the courage to say those words even to myself, let alone out loud to the world. I tried being so many other things…. things that were easier in a way….. things that were definitely safer. Things that I was good at, and earned a living from. But things that weren’t who I was at the very core of my being.
Once I had the courage to be who I really am…. confidence happened. Not a great deal at first. But it grows. It blossoms. It allows you to become who you know in your heart, you have actually been all along. And it allows you to finally show that person to the rest of the world as well.
And it’s a beautiful thing.