Can You Be Your Own Cheerleader?
My mother realized that she could be her own cheerleader. I don't know how she she became aware of this concept. I don't know if there was some traumatic incident in her life - or one particular person or event that just made my mother say, "Hey! I can cheer for myself."
My mother made it clear that she did need anybody to approve of her. She was very capable of approving of herself. And, she did. My mother didn't even wait for someone to complement her. My mother was very good at complementing herself.
When I was a child – and especially when I was a teenager, I found this trait very annoying. I was annoyed that my mother had no problem complimenting herself and telling herself how wonderful she was. I thought to myself, "Is this something that we want to do? Is this how people should be?"
Lately, I think a lot about my mother. My mother passed a few years ago from Alzheimer's. I think about her and, now, I think how wonderful it must be to know that you don't have to wait for somebody else's approval. How wonderful to be able to complement yourself and approve of yourself and be your own cheerleader.
Yes, there are those who have a very difficult time with people who are too sure of themselves. I used to be one of those people. And now I see it as a trait that is important to have - not to the point where you think you are better than everybody else - not to the point where you step on others or crush others or put others down. However, To feel good about yourself to the point where you don't put anybody else down but are able to lift yourself up. It's about self-confidence. It's about being able to patch her own self on the back when nobody else is there to do it. How about that? Do you approve? Do you approve of yourself? Do you approve of this message?
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