Recently, I have received feedback and criticism from all of my current teachers. This can be quite unnerving for even the most seasoned student, scholar, or professional. It’s interesting that I used unnerving and ironically – this is a post about Courage. The definition of “Unnerving – make (someone) lose courage or confidence.” Well, thankfully, I have worked through this season and worked with my courage; instead of losing it.
I am grateful to one of my teachers, Katherine Paras, who started her feedback of me by recognizing that I stepped up with a fellow student to do the first presentation of the quarter. She used the word courage to emphasize that stepping and taking initiative (and being the ‘guinea pig”) – it takes courage. I hope you can find instances like this in your life as well.
While in the season of constant criticism, I have done what I can to balance out and see everything in perspective. Plus, I have worked on my own self-care/self-love so that I myself remain balanced. It has been a challenge at times, but I keep pushing forward. Thankfully, I have the Air Force to credit for my resilience threshold.
As an Introvert, I have tested on the MBTI Step II, and I am INFJ. There is a common joke in the INFJ community that “My entire life is outside my comfort zone.” Sometimes, I have to work with my inner intuition and my own self-trust to work with the necessary courage. For any fellow Introverts or INFJs, please visit my extensive Pinterest board – It’s Okay to be me. Introvert. HSP. INFJ.
Finally, I want to leave you with the lyrics from the song “Superman” by the band Five for Fighting, who released this song in October 2001. While I do not identify as the actual person Superman, I do identify with the metaphor of Superman to accomplish big things. In the process, just like Superman (as well as INFJs everywhere) – I find myself misunderstood.
For me, the line that sticks out the most for is “It’s not easy, to be, me….”
Finally, finally – some wise words about Fear (Courage) from Butch in the movie “The Good Dinosaur.”