Confident? I Think NOT!

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How does a boy find confidence?

Submitted: August 30, 2013

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Confidence and courage may sometimes be mistaken for recklessness and stupidity. Don’t get them confused, because confidence and courage is not the same as charging head first. If you have these two qualities, it only means that you are brave enough to step up and take responsibility or grab opportunities. I know, because I used to have little confidence.

You see, back when I was a fifteen year old, I was faced with a moral dilemma. You see, I am a very shy child, and thus, I have a problem with socializing. It was hard enough for me to have the courage to speak to anyone in order to gain a new friend, but it was especially hard when I had to talk to girls. It’s not that I was sexist, but honestly, I found it easier to bond with someone who knows what it’s like being me, if you know what I mean.

Of course, that all changed one day when my brother Tommy brought me to a new swanky hotel called the Promenade. If you want to know about Tommy, he is a blonde with green eyes at about my height, which is short (sadly). He is very sensitive and incredibly friendly, always trying to make a friend with everyone he meets.

He brought me to the Promenade because he wanted me to meet someone. When he told me this, I just rolled my eyes. Tommy was always trying to pair me up with some random friend he met, and I can tell you, sixteen times was too much. But, he is my brother, so I humored him. Well…my adopted brother, but I’ll explain that some other time.

Anyway, I was dragged to this very classy hotel, full of opulence and glamour. We arrived at the lobby, where Tommy told me to hold some book called “David Copperfield”, and left to find a girl named Hailey. For some reason, that name seemed vaguely familiar to me.

I decided to read the book to pass the time, and thankfully, it was the modern abridged version, so I could understand it better. After what seemed like an hour, and four chapters in, I was laser focused on each and every text, too absorbed by the drama and majesty of the story to notice that Tommy had returned.

“Hey, dude! Stop reading the book and meet my friend, Hailey.”

I was irritated that he had to interrupt me in the good part, but I consented, and when I saw Hailey…I was awestruck.

She was just about my height, with an adorable round face, and long wavy blonde hair, much lighter than Tommy’s, and was dressed in a nice long sleeved shirt and jeans. She looked so incredible and beautiful, even if she dressed so casually.

Naturally, my confidence suddenly melted to little more than fear. I was so shocked and shy I awkwardly waved and smiled, before turning away and looking at the other side of the wall.

“Uh, he’s just really shy around girls. Let me handle this…” Tommy said, before tapping my back and firmly planting his hands on my shoulders.

“Dude! What are you doing?!” I asked, shocked.

“What am I doing? Tim, I am trying to make you happy by meeting someone really nice and, who I am sure, is just like you! She’s just more open, friendlier and less of a coward!”

“I am not a coward!” I replied.

“Then talk to her.” He challenged.

“…fine!” I said with a proud smile. I then took a few steps to her, wherein she looked into my eyes and gave a shy smile, after which I suddenly froze. I felt like I turned into a statue, unable to move, speak, just basically stuck in place. Had Tommy not dragged me back to the other side of the lobby, I probably would have been stuck there for the whole day.

“Ok, listen to me. Just give her the book, it’s her favorite and start a conversation. Who knows, maybe she will like you?”

“And if not?” I asked with doubt creeping in my voice. My brother gave a sigh and told me:

“Listen, I know it is hard meeting new people and making friends, Tim. But don’t stop yourself from trying, otherwise you will regret it for the rest of your life. And if you fail, just remember, I’ll be there for you, for better or worse. Come on, now, go for it!”

I normally would have just rebuffed him, but…I knew he was right. I guess now was a good time as any. So, with what confidence I could muster, I walked to meet her.

The next day, I told my brother how it went.

“It was insane, man! She and I just started talking like there was no tomorrow! She’s so fun, and nice and sweet! My goodness, I had the most fun in my whole LIFE!!!!!”

“So…you feel confident enough to do it again?”

“Are you kidding?! With all that new confidence in my mind, I feel like I can do anything!”

“Really…even asking her out?” he asked with a sly smile. I took it as a challenge, and decided to call her.

“Hey, Tim, what’s up?”

“Hey, Hailey, I was wonder-”

But then, suddenly so many reactions and events of what could be came to my mind. I kept wondering if she was gonna say no, and if not, what if she didn’t enjoy our date?! OR WHAT IF SHE DOES BUT I DON’T?! OR…OR…

I suddenly froze and was unable to answer.

“Tim? Tim?”

Tommy took the phone and hung up for me. Then, he looked at me, smiled, and laughed while telling me:

“You’ve got a long way to go, bro. A long way to go.”


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