One thing that can become extremely exhausting is always feeling the need to prove yourself.
I think I’m a pretty defensive person, I’m a middle child so I feel like I had to hold my ground a lot growing up. Felt like I had to prove myself while sandwiched between 2 older sisters and 1 younger sister.
My defensiveness is something I’ve been working on, along with my confidence. Sometimes I overcompensate for my lack of confidence by being too strong willed or thinking I’m always right – which is certainly not the case.
But even so, I shouldn’t have to feel the need to defend myself or prove myself day in and day out.
Whether it’s work, with friends, with family, with an online presence. At the end of the day the people close to you will know who you are. At the end of the day you were hired for a reason. At the end of the day real life always trumps internet life.
And even though I know that’s all true, it’s still exhausting when I feel doubted and have to prove myself.