My days in high school are coming to a close, which has prompted me to reflect on the past six years. One change I have noticed in myself is the confidence I have gained since first entering into the depths of high school.
When I was twelve, I had little confidence in myself and my abilities. I had backed into the shadows during primary school and refused to be involved in anything.
High school truly changed me. My commitment to learning and education was recognised year after year, and these encouraged me to slowly creep out of my shell in my senior years. I found an amazing group of friends, competed in debating and public speaking competitions and genuinely enjoyed the ride.
The point of this post is that confidence is important in order to be the best possible person that you can be. To persevere and to do what you dream of doing. That’s not to say that you should be narcissistic. Narcissism is defined as an excessive or erotic interest in oneself and one’s physical appearance. It is an extreme selfishness, with a grandiose view of one’s own talents and a craving for admiration (copied straight from the New Oxford American Dictionary). This is bad, for anyone who cannot distinguish otherwise. To be confident is to accept your flaws and to persist despite them. To be narcissistic is to believe that you do not possess flaws. This is detrimental and anyone who believes that they do not possess flaws cannot mature and grow as a person. I know people who believe that narcissism is a virtue. These people have a stunted view of the world and will not get very far. They cannot offer you more than a wee spoonful of pleasure and anything you offer them is a waste of your beautiful talents.
This is what my high school experience has taught me, and it is knowledge I intend to carry with me throughout my life.
Have confidence in yourself and remember to stay humble.