I firmly believe that being proud of yourself is something that's surprisingly difficult. Admitting your pride in your achievement is all too often misinterpreted as vanity - but that just shouldn't be the case. I think that, realistically, most of us have struggled with self confidence in one way or another and so it can be positive to take the time out to congratulate yourself on what you're good at. Without further ado, I thought that I'd share the 5 things about me that I'm really proud of at the moment.
1: I keep up with the news
I keep up with as much of the news as possible and so this usually means that I'm ready to spring in with a well formed argument. No, seriously though, I always think it's one of my better qualities that I tend to know what's happening in the world politically and socially. It's not all about being ready to debate, but it is something that I really appreciate about myself (okay, okay, a lot of it is about always being up for a debate.)
2: My compassion
As much as I can be horrible and rude, for the most part I'm actually really compassionate. In the past this only added to my anxiety, and it felt like a downfall - but truthfully? When I spend hours comforting my friends, or taking them little presents, or telling them how amazing that they are, I'd like to think that I prove that my compassion is anything but a letdown.
3: My ability to memorise lyrics almost instantaneously
Seriously though this is one of my favourite skills. Apparently I've been able to do this since I was a kid, but I honestly only need to listen to a song a couple of times before I have the lyrics nailed. This seems like such a small thing but nothing makes you feel more like a boss quite in the same way as perfectly rapping an entire song. Just trust me on this.
4: My resilience
My ability to stand back up no matter how hard I'm hit will always be something that I'm hugely thankful for. The fact is, I've undeniably been dealt some shit hands in life, but I feel as though there's a lot to be said for the fact that I've learned when to hold, all the while still recognising that my next hand could come out totally differently. If there's one trait that I could guarantee that I could take into the rest of my life? I'd pick this one hands down.
5: Learning to be alone when it was my biggest fear
For as far back as I can remember, my biggest fear was always being alone, and when it happened I worried that I would immediately crumble to pieces. The fact is though, I learned - in fact, I thrived. I learned to be alone, and then I met new friends - and suddenly, life just didn't seem as terrifying once I worked out that I could exist fine independently.
What are you proud of?