The practice of putting women on pedestals began to die out when it was discovered that they could give orders better from there. -- Betty Grable
Many times I have heard from people in our audiences, "I wish I had the confidence and self esteem you have." and I have always replied with the same. There is such a huge difference between having self esteem and having self confidence. I myself am bursting with self confidence. I have yet to meet one person who loves everything about their body, and I am no stranger to that. I have become comfortable with my skin, with my body, with all the glorious flaws. Self esteem however I am lacking, which is the reason I have so much self confidence. I know it seems a bit strange, but having the confidence to make fun of myself comes easily. What scares me while performing has always been how the audience will receive my act, how the will respond. Concern that the acts I have created, worked so hard to get perfect, and put my heart into are only amazing to myself. I have been pretty lucky to get to work with some of the most amazing women in Laramie, and together as a family, we all encouraged each other and supported each other. On and off the stage.
"Why should I do it when there are other people who will do it instead?" That seems to be how our society today functions. Instant gratification as a result of text messages and instant messaging (yay internet). Fast food, cell phones, Video on demand, etc. Take some time to slow things down! Go out to dinner with your friends, everyone put their cell phones on vibrate and put them in the middle of the table, first person to check their phone pays for dinner. Leave your cell at home and go to a park and just enjoy the warmth. Maybe even go out and check out the local shops in a nearby town and support your community.