How are you? Look, I owe you an apology; yesterday’s post was, for want of better words, uncalled for. I shouldn’t have written all that, because you guys shouldn’t have had to read that. I want to move on from that though, because there’s no point dwelling on it; just know that, for now, I’m OK.
Today, I wanted to talk about being proud. People are often afraid of expressing when they are proud of themselves, even though it’s usually well deserved. I’m no exception; if I’ve done something I’m proud of, I’ll very rarely talk about it, even if it’s all that’s on my mind. Maybe it’s a british thing, maybe a teenage thing, or maybe just me; I guess I’ll never know.
well, you know what? I’m proud. I’m proud of myself, and I’m not afraid to write that here. I’m proud that I’m here, and that I’m still kicking, despite everything that’s been thrown in my way. Trust me, there’s a lot in my way in my life, from being blind, to my anxiety, to my social incapabilities. I’m proud that I write to you guys, because to me, that is such a great achievement. I never have liked telling people things, and I’m proud that I have found my way of expressing myself through the written word.
That paragraph looks really attention seeking, but maybe that’s why we don’t like saying that kind of thing. Maybe, it’s because we don’t want to act like an attention-seeker, or we don’t want to attract any more attention than necessary. It’s in our nature not to blow our own trumpets, but I think it’s important that we can say, even if it’s just to ourselves, why we’re proud of ourselves. Maybe once a day, or once a week, but it’s so vital that we can recognise what we’ve done well. Our brains – or at least my brain – is so quick to self-criticise and provide a harsh judgement on whatever I’ve done. That’s halthy, I’m sure, because it allows us to learn, and improve and adapt. Equally, recognising what we’ve excelled at, and therefore what has made us proud, shows us what we’re doing well, and boosts self-confidence. You hear of people with too much self-confidence, and they’re most likely the people who don’t acknowledge what they’ve done badly. But self-confidence is important, and it’s so crucial that everyone is confident in themselves.
What are you proud of about yourself? What do you know you’re good at, and does that make you proud to be you?