Advice For My 15-Year-Old Self

Sara Cummins Photography

If I could give my 15-year-old self some advice, it would be to stop trying so hard to fit in. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ I have spent way too much time in my life molding myself into something I’m not. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ I never felt like I fit in with the “cool kids”. In grade school, high school, gymnastics, and even college. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ I never seemed to be able to wear the right clothes, speak the right way, do the right things or get into the right crowd. ⠀ ⠀ No matter how hard I tried. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ I always felt like I just wasn’t a right fit. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ It took me having more control over my life to feel like I was happy the way I was. Creating a comfortable living environment, working in a field that I love, and surrounding myself with friends that make me feel good. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ So now I’m cured right? ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ To be completely honest, I still feel out of place far too often. I have a hard time sharing my ideas, and resistant to speaking up. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Sometimes I just feel awkward and uncomfortable in certain situations. Then I get self conscious for being awkward. 🙄⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ But just like anything else, self assurance just takes practice, making changes, and dedication. ⠀ ⠀⠀ Step one: Know thine self. ⠀⠀ ⠀ • Know who and what you like and don’t like⠀ ⠀ • Know how to expect to be treated ⠀⠀ ⠀ • Know what you want for your life and what you goals are⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Then practice speaking your mind and ideas without fear of criticism or rejection. If other people have this right then so do you! ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ At least that’s what I’m working on right now. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ How do you work on your confidence and self assurance? I would love to read your comments! #FBL ⠀ ⠀ Photo Credit: