Be confident in your struggles

I felt the need to share this because who knows, maybe you guys are going through something similar. I really don't know if I can express what's in my head in words, so if it doesn't make sense, this might go down as one of the dumbest posts in history, and I'm apologizing in advance, lol. Also apologizing if I sound conceited because that's not my intention whatsoever!! And feel free to disagree because there's a good chance I might be in the minority in this way of thinking.

Someone was asking me for some advice regarding job applications and interviewing and I was telling this person what and what not to do. They proceeded to tell me, "Sarah, you are so confident when you talk and I'm glad to hear all this." I was thinking, what the helllll, how on earth am I giving off this vibe because NO I'M NOT. I was absolutely shocked because I feel like I'm just floating around not having a clue of what I'm doing whether it's at work, school, or not knowing what my purpose is, and the fact that someone thought I was confident was just insanity to me. Like wow, I'm a damn good actor.

Okay, here's where I sound crazy. Because I've been told that I am "confident", "self-confident", "independent" or something along those lines before. But I realized that maybe some people think I'm confident because I am very confident......

in the fact that I don't know anything and my life is the furthest thing from perfect.

And if you know me very personally, you know I am very open about it. The fact that I've made it this far in life is purely a miracle from God.

Whether it's on social media or just with interacting with people in general, I feel like we always have to have our sh*t together. People always post their success stories and all the good things that are happening to them and man, I feel like I'm the only person in the world who doesn't have anything really good to share. Talking to people and hearing what they've done and what they're going to do, I feel so completely lost. Like why wasn't my life that easy? Am I really that dumb?

But here's the thing. I don't know if it has always been like this, but no one ever really opens up about their struggles and it's super frustrating to me because I think my life could have gone a different way if people were more open about the struggles they have faced. There are so many instances from high school and throughout college that I would have done differently if I had heard other people's stories. If someone was open about their drug problem in college, it could help prevent someone from doing drugs in the future, right? Like you hear all the good things, but rarely the bad and the ugly. Like why do we do that? Why do we share only the good when everyone goes through struggles? Be confident in your struggles. Don't be ashamed about the low points in your life. It's okay that life isn't perfect! It's what makes us human. Which is why I have chosen to be a more-or-less open book about my life because I want people to know that my life is not perfect and it does not have to be. And maybe it will help someone in their life journey. I recently graduated from college, and having to tell people that feels weird because some people automatically assume you're some kind of genius, but I have made it a point to say that it was not an easy ride and the hardest 5 and a half years (not four) of my life (so far ๐Ÿ˜…).

Soo can this become a thing? Instead of always sharing things like "I made all As this semester" or "I got promoted" can we also share "I had a hard day today and it's OKAY"? (I'm really bad at coming up with examples so srry)

Check out my last post: What I Learned in 2018

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