I was listening to the Kanye West song "All Falls Down" on a bike ride yesterday when I heard the following lyric:
We're all self-conscious, I'm just the first to admit it.
It made me think, "then I must be the second". I scanned my brain for the list of things in my self-conscious vault (some put away more recently than others) and thought about why I'm proud to admit to having this human quality.
Self-conscious feelings are completely yours or disclosed to a special few. Self-consciousness inspires reflective inner dialogue. It stimulates motivation and grief. It's private, familiar, and sexy. I'm very thankful we're all self-conscious.