Self-esteem Challenge: Day 25

This blog challenge was developed by betterthandarkchocolate.tumblr.com. If you missed the introduction or want to see a summary of all the questions, go here.

Day 25:
Do you often compliment other people?
If you met a person that was just like you, would you like them? If so why? If not how could you view this person more positively?

When something about someone stands out, I definitely compliment them. I try to remember to do it every day, but some days I guess I just don’t pick up on things. It might have to do with my mood….if I’m stuck in my own head, I guess I’m not too perceptive. I think its important for a compliment to be genuine. I hate it when people compliment you on something, but they really mean the opposite. I find high school girls do this a lot. Thankfully most of them grow out of it, but there are always a few that don’t. I know a few of them. I never take anything they say seriously.

I think if I met a person like me I would like them. The parts I don’t like or think are pathetic about myself are not the parts that show often. I deal with my self-doubt and internal monologue everyday, but it’s not something that is apparent to most people on the outside….or at least that’s what I’d like to think.

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Self-esteem Challenge: Day 5

This blog challenge was developed by betterthandarkchocolate.tumblr.com. If you missed the introduction or want to see a summary of all the questions, go here.

Day 5:
Something about the way you think that you like.
What’s your proudest accomplishment?

I like that I can see a situation from different angles. It causes some problems like anxiety or too much empathy, but I think it’s a good trait to have. I may not be able to walk in your shoes, but I can listen, understand and empathize more than the average person, I think. It keeps me prepared as well. By thinking about possible outcomes of a situation, I can hope for the best, but also be prepared for the worst. This enables me to react quickly and hopefully turn things around. I think the benefits outweigh the anxiety it causes in this case.

My proudest accomplishment is not what you would expect. Most would assume it would be my M.Sc. or one of my academic scholarships. My M.Sc. was a bad experience (another post, another time) and I’m thankful for my scholarships, but not really proud. The moment I really felt like a rockstar was after giving a one hour lecture at a rehab conference. It was my first talk at a conference and it is still my longest to date. It went really well! I kept my audience’s attention, they laughed at the jokes I threw in here and there and they stood up and clapped at the end. After the talk, a lot of people came to talk to me. They all had good things to say and I think I did well answering their questions. I felt like I knew my stuff and I deserved to be where I was, something I frequently doubt.

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