My laptop wallpaper has a heading across the top that reads, "I am only limited by my own insecurities." It has sort of become my mantra since whenever I fail to try something new, it's because I'm insecure with my own abilities. I think I cannot accomplish such a task. I cannot write that one hard story, I can't learn that one difficult skill or technique. When really, if I would put forth my best effort and take the time to develop the proper tools, I can do whatever I set my mind to. Like the old adage, if there's a will, there's a way.
And I've learned the hard way the worst damage you can do is compare yourself to others. Be your own level of best. Because, Sophia, you needn't have worried, honey. Even at seventy-five you're a bombshell.
A friend sent this to me last week. It goes along with what I'm getting at and I hope it brightens your day like it did mine!
'May today there be peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others.
May you use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be content with yourself just the way you are. Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.
It is there for each and every one
of us.' ~ Author Unknown