“The confidence you bring to the table, everyone eats.” – M.M.
Oftentimes, we learn more by teaching others. I always enjoyed training new colleagues in the jobs I worked. It gave me a chance to practice all my skills and possibly find new ways to be efficient. When it comes to parenting, the same concept applies. Every day is a lesson.
I love watching my children grow and develop their own personalities. Naturally, I think back to my childhood and compare similarities. It is amazing how my oldest takes on many of my traits, while my youngest has the looks and laid-back demeanor like her Papa.
A couple of days ago, my daughter decided to have a full-blown tantrum because I couldn’t pour the water into her cup fast enough. Although, she had just finished drinking. As the day went on she continued to have these outbursts. At first, I thought it was just part of normal toddler stuff. Then, at one point, I noticed my daughter would occasionally express herself in a way I was very familiar with.
Finally, it was bedtime and I was able to calm her down. I realized my daughter is not only learning about different feelings and what they are. She is also learning at times we can feel many emotions at once. We don’t always know how to express them which leads to a lot of misunderstandings in communication. However, it is my job as her parent to guide her on communicating her feelings with words.
Back to the Past
Later that night, I decided to take a trip back down memory lane and think about the “training session” I would give my younger self. The wisdom gained through each failure, every achievement, and many mistakes in my life has uniquely built my confidence for 31 years.
As I hopped in my mental time machine, I went back 20 years….
Hey you! I mean, me?
Good luck because this $h!t is hard! Ha ha, kidding. Well maybe, but you are doing great. However, it took awhile to get here.
If you don’t do anything else, just always remember to be CONFIDENT in yourself:
Have Courage to speak up.
Have Opinions of your own.
Have Navigation to guide you.
Have Failures you learn from.
Have Insecurities you overcome.
Have Discipline you comprehend.
Have Education in every lesson.
Have Niceness to earn respect.
Have Talents you proudly show.
We got this. 😉
Here I am back to the present.
The same advice I would give myself are the lessons I can now carry on to my children, as well as other aspects of my life.
Now it is your turn. What would you say to your younger self?