Growing up, we all read or heard, or mostly watched stories of creatures where they’d cease to exist if people stopped believing in them (yes, this is a Rise of the Guardians and The Polar Express reference, and they’re still my favourites at the age of 23, so sue me!), and a lot of us somehow forget the fact that the stories that we grow up with are filled with lessons that we somehow forget about very easily. Maybe it is a little too far-fetched to believe in supernatural creatures or magic (for those asking, I totally believe in them, though!), but is it really too far out there for us to actually believe in ourselves, for a change?
Because, the way I see it, believing in ourselves is a lot harder than believing in everyone else. Hell, even believing in supernatural elements is easier than believing in ourselves. Because when it comes to ourselves, you realize that you’re actually going to have to work on it if you don’t want to end up disappointing yourselves, and that’s the scariest part of it all.
See, knowing that you can do something and believing that you can do it are two very different things.
Can I finish a sketch that would take me 5 days in 12 hours? Sure. Do I believe in myself enough to do it? Sure. But do I know if I can do it? Nah. Because I know I’ll end up taking breaks in between because my wrist gives me a hell lot of pain if I keep sketching for a very long time. So, do I want to have a shaky hand for the next 3 days? Not worth it.
But when it comes to believing in myself when it actually matters, I’m all for it, because no matter how much faith the entire world has in me, it really wouldn’t be of any use unless I believe in myself enough to take that particular leap of faith. Because, maybe, as long as we believe in ourselves, even if nobody else does, we’re still on the right track. Maybe that feeling in your gut that keeps telling you take the risk is worth it, when you look at the bigger picture.
Things look a lot scarier from this side when you’re contemplating taking a risk, but once you actually go through with it, you might realize that things weren’t so bad, after all. Being scared can be good, sometimes, but only if done moderately; being too scared of taking a risk is only going to hold you back, anyway.
The thing is, this works exactly like things worked in all the stories we grew up with. The minute that we stop believing in ourselves, the strength we have kind of disappears. I can’t say that it ‘ceases to exist’ because, let’s be real, we can always bring our faith in ourselves back, one way or another.
It takes a lot of time, that’s all. It’s not the easiest thing you’ll do, but you’ll be glad you believed. You’ll see.
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