What does it take to be confident? I guess there are many ways to reach that point, that place you’re comfortable with self. It’s when you know what you’re doing and don’t look for approval from others. In my opinion, confidence is when you can look in the mirror and be happy with what you see. To me, confidence is like putting on makeup. You don't know how it's going to make you look, but you try different types, colors, and ways to apply it until you reach the finish product. Through trial and error, you find what works for you and stick with that. You feel accomplished, you feel pretty. Confidence is when you don’t rely on material things to make you happy. It takes inner strength and courage. It’s that feeling you get when you are faced with a challenge and can still smile about it. You can walk with your head held up high. And when the naysayers or haters make a move, you can ignore them, laugh, or even say “It’s not about you, it’s about me.” That’s when you know confidence has presented itself. It’s not easy being an individual in a society when following suit is encouraged. Individuality is what makes a difference when taking a stand, following your dream, and walking away from things and people that don’t make you happy. You learn to smile more, strive harder, and move forward. Confidence is a great feeling to have, but it takes work. It’s an asset in pursuing your goals, seeing your potential, and enjoying the process.
My motto: keep smiling, keep striving.