My students are writing an essay right now about a dream that they have and how they plan to accomplish it. One thing I have noticed is that so many of them talk about lacking confidence in themselves to actually achieve their dream. I have started to think about what confidence is and why so many people, myself included, lack it. How can one balance having confidence in themselves without becoming too prideful or arrogant? Why is it that a lack of confidence comes across as shyness? Why is it that people who lack confidence are often characterized as "quiet" and sometimes even "bitchy"? What exactly is confidence and how does one gain it - or can it be gained?
These are just some of my thoughts.