I have a friend who told me that she’s not used to selling herself. You know, telling the world about her accomplishments, dreams, cool things that she’s done and is doing. Some people are born to sell themselves, while others just have to get the hang of it. I have gotten the hang of it. My friends would respond by saying in true Bart Simpson-style, “Duh!” Well, being confident about expressing an opinion is one thing. Talking up your talents and your accomplishments is another.
Perhaps my bashful and shy friend, and I, were brought up to admire those who are modest about themselves. You know, the girls who got the most handsome football player to take them to the prom; praise from the English teacher; made it on the Dean’s List. They’re the ones that are happy-go-lucky. Have the lovely house with the picket fence, the kids that are as talented as they are. Perhaps they even get the promotions at work that we wish we had gotten. Of course, this is all fantasy.
A smile can hide so much. There’s a reason why the shy demure person looks so happy with his or her lot in life. They don’t let you see that “painting in the attic.” I’m referring to the central plot of Oscar Wilde’s “The Portrait of Dorian Gray.” A handsome man makes a deal with the devil in return for youth and vigor, He stays forever virile and beautiful looking despite his sins, which are many. But, the portrait of himself, which is cursed to show his true self, is getting ugly and ghastly looking upstairs the old Victorian home, in the attic where nobody is allowed to go. Perhaps a person gets conditioned to believe that humility can keep that portrait in the attic-one’s true self, young and beautiful. Whatever the reason, some people don’t like to boast, or toot their own horns.
Well, it’s no secret that I don’t mind tooting my horn from time to time. If I don’t, well, how else are you going to learn more about me and what I’m up to? I’ve been working as a reporter again. I hired myself to do the work that I like and now I’m peddling my stories.
I’ve been talking to some of the coolest people in North America, that is, Americans and Canadians. They are people who believe in their mission, values, and talent. They believe in what they are doing, and how they’re doing it. Some of it is for, “the greater good,” for others it’s for the promise of “fame,” and the hopes of making a living doing the stuff that they love to do. Others want to preserve a way of life and make a contribution to the places where they live.
So, they’re tooting their horns. I am very fortunate that I’m the lady recording them. So glad I hired myself.