For a long time, I walked in the shadows. I honestly thought it was where I belonged. I didn’t understand that we are all meant to shine and that in order to get sunshine, one must step into the light. It took an unexpected exchange to open my eyes.
I attended a Star Trek convention (yep, I’m a geek) with my best friend and 3 guys. The guys were all there because of my bubbly positive friend and none of them even spoke a word in my direction. I didn’t really care at the time. I was kind of used to be the invisible introvert. That is until we met Armin Shimerman. He made a point of overlooking my extroverted friend and speaking to me first. He also got the boys who were waiting for us on the sidelines to notice my presence. I will always remember the surprise in their eyes when they really looked at me for the first time. It was as if they didn’t even know I was there. I knew then that if you wanted some sunshine, you had to step forward and grab it yourself. That small moment changed my perspective on life. I will forever be thankful to Mr Shimerman for that experience.
“We are all meant to shine… And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” – Marianne Williamson
A person who inspires confidence understands that as you remain true to yourself you inspire confidence in others and create a network of strong, supportive people.