My own fan club

"You get your confidence and intuition back by trusting yourself, by being militantly on your side." Anne Lamott

I am ashamed at how long it took me to realize this fact...that I have to trust myself and stand up for myself and go to bat for myself. Seems rather obvious in hindsight, but then almost everything does.

I have a really amazing support system of friends, family, readers, ex-students, etc. I say this not as a brag (humble or otherwise), but to make a point. I have these people who believe in me and support me...who cheer me on and cheer me up...who celebrate my victories and help me to push myself even farther. They are amazing and I absolutely couldn't do all that i do without their constant and consistent support and love.

The embarrassing revelation I had was that as it turned out, I did not have a membership to my own fan club. How is that even possible? Shouldn't I have not only bought the first t-shirt but also had the biggest, flashiest poster for "Club Sodaro" ???

How did I miss this? How could I see others rally for me, and not notice my presence was missing from my own parade?

As a teacher I have completed every assignment I have asked my students to do -- I never wanted to ask of them something I was unable/unwilling to do...and yet as an author, I completely dropped the ball on this. But now, I have my official membership card and my t-shirt in the mail. To those of you who have been here, thanks for showing me the way.