When I started to truly begin to discover myself, and pursue my creative and technical interests in earnest, I also discovered that people thought of me differently.
Previously, I was introverted, and lacked the self-confidence necessary to function in most social gatherings, let alone public speaking and performance situations.
As I began to build my outward persona, I found that others had new descriptors for me.
Huge ego. Narcissist. Self-obsessed. Argumentative. Vain.
I initially retreated back into my old nature; avoiding social interaction, shying away from anything I perceived as confrontation, and more.
It wasn’t for long, though.
Confidence in what I can do and what I know is right isn’t wrong.
I realized that the people utilizing those descriptors failed to make the effort to truly understand me and who I am.