Do you really truly sincerely believe in yourself?
Yesterday I went to see the Hindi movie “Tubelight”. Aren’t all Bollywood movies just singing and dancing? That couldn’t be further from the truth. Yes, you do get those Bollywood movies, but you also get beautifully crafted Bollywood movies with very powerful messages. I have seen a number of these meaningful Bollywood movies. Tubelight is one such movie. A masterpiece, in my view, with a powerful message.
It is set in a stunning mountain village in Northern India during the Indo-China war. It is about a boy, Laxman, who has been nicknamed Tube light by the other kids and ridiculed. Why Tube light you might ask? Because a tube light flickers and takes a while before it comes on fully. He is like this, a little simple and doesn’t catch on to things. Even as an adult he continues to be ridiculed by the same kids, who are now adults of course, and the new generation of kids. His younger brother is the only one who believes in him. This is the story of Laxman’s journey of self-belief, of how his self-belief flickers but at the end it shines. I warn you to take tissues if you go to see it!
Anyway, this movie made me think about my journey in life and how my belief in myself has been flickering on and off all my life. Sometimes it has been strong, other times it has been non-existent or almost non-existent. It has largely depended on the circumstances and who was around at the time. Even as a kid it did this. I was a bit shy and only shone in certain circumstances, like participating in brass band competitions, writing poetry or at Sunday School. As a teenager my self-belief rarely shone through and I tried hard to be invisible.
However, as I have matured and grown older and wiser (ha ha ha!) and had lots of life adventures, it has gotten stronger. Now it shines through much more than ever before. This is because I worry less about what others think and I am learning that it is okay to be me and to be visible in life. My next stage is to become more visible in the Internet world as I reinvent myself as a speaker and coach inspiring others to develop and grow and embrace their life and their belief in themselves!
What about you? What has your journey to self-belief been like? Has it flickered on and off? How does it show up? How would you like it to show up?
LET US ALL SHINE!!!