For so long now....well, forever, I have always really disliked to see myself in photos...always a really weird feeling about seeing myself. Then, after realizing that there are really very, very few pictures of me in existence....I thought about how sad that is. How will my kids remember me one day? In way too many of the photos I've turned my face away, hidden behind my hands, hardly ever smile, and I have very few photos with my kids. Why?, you ask.... Well, I'm sure the answer could be very complex if I dug far enough....things like feeling miserably self-conscious, perhaps feeling not good enough....uggh...depressing thoughts like that, but we won't go any further into those!
The main point is that I want to change all that about myself...hopefully make myself see ME the way the world sees me, try to see with my own eyes the way I may be portraying myself to the world, and realizing that there really is nothing to be afraid of or to hide from.
So, here is my first endeavor into the world of self-portraits......
July's theme is Skill....here is the definition:
- abilities acquired through education, training, and experience
- a recognizable area of competence
- the physical capacity for effective performance
A few closing thoughts on fear:
"Fear is static that prevents me from hearing myself." ~Samuel Butler
"He who fears something gives it power over him." ~Moorish Proverb
"The way you overcome shyness is to become so wrapped up in something that you forget to be afraid." ~Lady Bird Johnson
So, do you want to join in? See more at selfportraitchallenge :)