Why is confidence so important?
During my early years I was bullied in and out of school. My first experience with bullying started when I was in daycare. A girl named Kelly started bullying me. Every time I saw her she would talk about either my hair or my clothes or the way I looked. One day, my brother and Kelly’s sister were watching Kelly and I. Kelly’s aunt had told her to leave me alone. And after her aunt left the room, Kelly started pushing me to see what I would do and after a while I got really angry, so I punched her in the face. As her aunt came back in the room, she saw Kelly on the floor with me standing over her. Kelly’s Aunt then said, “Did I not tell you to leave her alone.” After that experience I knew that I had the confidence to stand up to bullying. But as I entered middle school I lost my confidence and became a mute person until another girl started to bully me. From this experience I learned that confidence is a big part of my life and it is important because confidence allows you to ask for help, it enables you to go out and try new things, and confidence enables you to be independent.
Some people think (myself included) that we see that asking for help is a sign of weakness. For example, when I failed my class; during my first year of college; I wanted to be a pediatrician. So one of the classes that I was taking was a medical terminology class. I started college with a major in education. That first semester of college I took a Medical Terminology class, an English class, an Art class meant to be fun, and a Math class I wasn't prepared for. Throughout that whole semester I spent day and night studying with no results. I did poorly on every single test and paper. I studied even harder thinking that would change things. But in the end I got an F in the Medical Terminology class, a C in Art and English, and failed Math completely. The moral of the story is that everybody has times where they've worked so hard at something and fail at it.
Confidence enables you to go out and try new things. That means when you step outside of our comfort zone and take risks, only then can we really force ourselves to learn and try different things. One example of trying new things is when I started growing my dreadlocks. My dreadlocks teach me how to be patient, and how to happy with myself, no matter what you may look that day. As my own dreadlocks grow and change, I can remember where each and every dread started. They are a piece of artwork I wear on my head. I wear them up or down, whatever they look akin to at the time, with pride. They are mine. I've had them for about eight years now and they are now down to my lower back. They are such a part of me, but not who I am. I am not the happy dumb tree hugging high hippy everyone thinks. In fact I'm quite the opposite, I did not do this for fashion or to be cool, its...