Be True To Yourself

I’ve always been rather shy. Speaking in public is a nightmare. Social situations make me squirm. What do I do if I see someone I know, but am not close to? Do I say stop to hello? Is it rude if I don’t? What if they’re in the midst of a conversation? Do they even know who I am? Do they care?

I’d say it’s gotten easier over the years, but it hasn’t. Not really. I’m still shy and unsure of how to act in many cases.

What’s improved over time is my acceptance of myself. I spent years trying to be a different person. I wanted to be self-confident, the life of the party, a kick-ass heroine that knew just what to say to put that hero or villain in his place.

Um, not so much.

But that’s okay.

I wasn’t happy trying to be something I wasn’t. My first job out of college was in advertising. After an internship in a large advertising firm, I thought, gee I wish I was like so-and-so, the smooth talking, always on the go ad exec. I wasn’t. Not even close. But I thought, fake it ’til I make it, right?

Bad move. I was miserable. I could do the job, sure. But I didn’t like it and so while I got the job done, I wasn’t anything special.

Being true to yourself is important. It took me a while to realize that, but I’m so much happier now that I know it.

I never imagined I’d be a writer. To think I could tell a story someone would want to read was pure hubris. I thought my husband would think I was crazy when I mentioned I was thinking of trying to write a book. Instead, he said it was a great idea.

Thank goodness he had more confidence in me than I had in myself.



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