“It never ceases to amaze me: we all love ourselves more than other people, but care more about their opinion than our own.”
– Marcus Aurelius
Have you ever been in a situation where you’re painfully self-conscious?
It’s your first time in the gym and you imagine every Schwarzzeneiger lookalike is staring at you, laughing in their head. You’re giving a presentation at work and just know that the woman next to you is texting people about how much of an idiot you look like. You’re wearing that new sweater and KNOW the person you walked by thinks you look like a doofus.
We’ve all been there. The truth is that we think everybody is watching us – but everybody is worried about what other people think, too.
They’re too captivated with their own insecurities to notice yours.
There’s something magical about the person who just doesn’t give a shit what people think. This tends to happen more as we get older and more comfortable in our skin.
But it doesn’t have to. It can start right now.
Take that insecurity – your southern accent, your new haircut, your passion for Nike shoes – and own it. It’s people that authentically stand out that I enjoy being around most.