If Not Santa, Believe in Yourself
I still remember the day my parents told me there was no such thing as Santa Claus. That’s right, they had to tell me he didn’t exist, as I still firmly believed he planned on climbing through my chimney that year and delivering all the Super Nintendo games I had asked for. Oh, and I still remember clear as day the Michael Jordan rookie card my mom gave me to keep me from crying hysterically.
I’m sure I’m not the only one here that used to believe in Santa Claus like he was as real as my parents or the President. C’mon, admit it; you used to lie in bed at night and actually believe that a fat dude in a red suit stopped by your house to deliver Nerf guns and action figures. It’s totally cool, dude. We all did.
While most guys our age can say they once believed in Santa, I’m not sure every guy can say he believes in himself the same way. The confidence that comes with being a little kid hasn’t experienced true rejection or social pressures tends to dissipate when we get older. It’s much harder to remain confident when your world becomes more complicated than watching Nickelodeon and riding your bike.
If you feel that you’ve lost that true confidence, ask yourself why. Why don’t you believe in yourself? At one point in your life you believed in a dude who flew around the world with eight reindeer and accepted it without question. If you could make yourself believe in something as freaking ludicrous as that, what’s keeping you from believing in yourself today?
You’ve got it in you to fully believe in something. You most likely once believed in the damn tooth fairy for crying out loud. You didn’t even need to see these mythical figures to believe in them either. You just wanted to believe and you did.
You might be taller, smarter, and less apt to wear dinosaur-themed clothing nowadays, but you’ve still got the ability to believe, to put faith in something or someone despite the odds or the naysayers. Remember when kids on the school bus would say Santa didn’t exist and you’d shout back in defense of your Christmas idol? Well, what’s keeping you from putting the same faith in yourself?
Unlike St. Nick, believing in yourself doesn’t depend on blind faith. You know who you are, what you’ve accomplished, and how much potential you have. All you had to go on with Santa was your parents’ word and a bunch of gift tags with his name on it. When it comes to your own self-worth and confidence, you know you’ve got the goods. You just have to recognize what you’re worth and believe in yourself.
There may or may not be an obese senior citizen breaking into your home to deliver presents this year, but you can be sure of your self-worth whatever happens. Just be sure to call the cops if he’s not Santa.
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About John Brhel John Brhel is a freelance writer from upstate New York that enjoys picking apart life's idiosyncrasies and listening to Huey Lewis & the News.