confidence

Honestly, I am not embarrassed about anything because there is nothing to be embarrassed about. I can’t believe we live in a world where people get embarrassed by falling down in front of people. It’s ridiculous!
— Christian

This is what Christian wrote in his journal for school to the topic of: Write about when you were embarrassed.

I am constantly amazed by Christian’s level of confidence for his age. Of course, he still has his hesitation around people, but the fact that he isn’t just riddled with anxiety makes me so happy. One morning, on our walk to school, I asked him, “Does it bother you to read what you write to your classmates?” I remember when I had to read what I wrote to my classmates I would be so nervous. I hated every minute of it. I didn’t understand why I was forced to feel this way. Christian repsonded with, “No.” I asked him, “It doesn’t bother you if they say anything negative or mean about what you are writing?” “Nope. That’s the best part.” What?! I have never met someone who thought criticism was the best part of sharing. He believes that feedback is how you get better. I hate criticism. I wish I had thick skin because I would love feedback on my pictures but I know I couldn’t handle anything negative so I never ask for it.

I just hope Christian is able to keep up this level of confidence throughout his life.

Samantha Whitford

Samantha Whitford Photography, Austin, Texas, 78750

27 year old photographer in ATX.