Thank you for the compliment, I think it depends on what “successful” means to you and other individuals. Also, I think it has to do with perspective and attitude. After going through certain life experience, you may gain some perspective that makes what was once a big deal, not a big deal at all anymore. Learning to react to life in different ways as well.
The famous saying is that “it gets better”, what they don’t explain is that “it gets better” doesn’t mean life gets easier, it just means “YOU get better”. You become stronger, you become wiser, you become more particular and also you realize the untapped potential you have and you find out that you’re capable of a lot more than you ever thought possible. Life doesn’t get easier, in fact it can get harder, it’s just that now instead of letting life overwhelm you, you now see what life is throwing at you and you deal with it as best you can.
You can focus on the shitty things and make them seem huge and show them to the world, or you can just quietly deal with them and keep your chin up and keep moving forward. It doesn’t mean you’re pretending to be perfect, it just means you’re not gonna give your problems the spotlight and parade them to the world. That seldom helps any, in fact most of the time it simply makes things worse.
My only regret is not realizing this sooner, everything else? Well that’s just peachy. :)
I’m pretty lucky I get to do what I love for a living too (makeup), not a lot of people get to do that so I’m pretty grateful. The body confidence? Well, that just comes from me being proud of what I’ve accomplished so far. But please don’t let that be the only thing that matters, it’s so easy to change your body shape that it’s not something you should base your confidence on, it’s simply not a solid foundation to rest your self worth on since looks are so maleable and ever changing and fragile. I show off because I’m a cyber exhibitionist and I think it’s fun and I get to do it now when I didn’t feel comfortable enough to do it before, but all this is gonna fade one day. What matters is that spark we all have inside of our shells, your brain and your heart, the nature of your being and who you are and how you are as a person.
You never know how strong you are and all the things you’re capable of till you find yourself having no other choice but to keep going forward no matter what life throws at you. The rest is just whatever face you choose to show to the outside world while you’re doing it.