Today's post is sponsored by the letter
As in . . . Ursula, from The Little Mermaid.
A few months ago my friend was drawing likenesses of some of her followers and asking everyone to guess who she'd drawn. She drew them as mermaids, fairies, avatars and any other fantasy creature she could think of and they were all beautiful. In jest, I told her NOT to draw me as a skinny little sea creature, that I wanted to be something more robust and . . . well, ME.
So a couple weeks later, a new drawing popped up on her blog.
Now, honestly, I have to admit it took me by surprise. Did I really look like THAT?
YEP! I did, and still do.
Someone told the artist that the picture would hurt my feelings so she took it down, but it didn't hurt me.
I mean, it was exactly what I asked her to do.
And it WAS me.
And my friend has a heart of gold and would never do anything to hurt me. EVER!
I think it's hard sometimes to see yourself through others' eyes. And not just the bad parts, but also the good. I have a LOT of friends in the writing community and most of them I've met. Some I haven't. It scares me to think I won't be accepted as I am when they see me in person. That fear has been a part of my life. But I have just as hard a time accepting the compliments, as do most people. It's hard to know what is genuine.
Confidence is a hard thing to hold on to. But I do love ME and I have to believe others do to.
I am who I am, take it or leave it.
Is there something about you that makes you less confident? Something that your self-conscious about?
I'd love to have you share it with me.