On Confidence | The Collective
Each month I invite a small group of photographers, writers, and creatives to share their thoughts on a particular topic with our community. My hope is that this series provides a way for others to connect with multiple thoughts and opinions in one blog post.
It's rare that a single individual has the answer that every one else is looking for, but it's possible that through the power of a collective, through sharing our wisdom and being vulnerable, we can get a few steps closer.
This month I asked:
"What does confidence mean to you?"
To me, confidence means focusing on improving yourself... It means constantly trying to know better, do better and be better. It means being happy with the fact that you are a work in progress. It means celebrating victories with your friends and neighbors. Supporting them. Uplifting them. And not comparing where they are to where you are. It means an understanding that passion, hard work, love and service will reap all the reward you will ever need.
To me, confidence is primarily a coping skill. It is the stubborn will to keep rising above obstacles in order to not only survive, but to thrive. When the bills need to be paid and that is dependent on your creative success, then there's just no time to sit around wondering if you are "good enough". Of course, it's normal to second guess yourself every now and then...but "confidence" is about how you respond to those fears. As a parent, one of my most repeated phrases to my kids is to "be a problem solver", and honestly that is how I try to live my life. That is where my confidence comes from.
For me, it means allowing myself to be seen for who I am. It’s not always easy, and I have many moments of self-doubt. I have to remind myself that confidence is not an “arrival” but it’s something that I need to continually nurture.