I've always found it difficult to shake off the feelings of insecurity that seem to linger within me. It's like a shadow that follows me everywhere I go, whispering doubts and fears into my ears. Despite putting on a brave face and appearing confident on the outside, deep down, I struggle with feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt.

Being submissive has been another challenge for me. I often find myself going along with what others want, even if it goes against my own desires or beliefs. It's almost as if I fear rocking the boat or causing any sort of conflict, so I end up sacrificing my own needs in order to keep the peace.

But lately, I've been trying to work on overcoming these tendencies. I realize that being passive and overly accommodating is not serving me well in the long run. So instead of constantly seeking validation from others or bending over backwards to please everyone else, I'm learning to prioritize myself and speak up for what truly matters to me.

It's definitely a work in progress, but small steps are making a difference already. By slowly building up my confidence and asserting myself more assertively when needed, I'm starting to feel empowered in ways that were previously foreign to me.

I know it won't be easy breaking out of old habits or shedding years worth of insecurities overnight. But through patience and perseverance, coupled with some self-reflection along the way – maybe one day soon enough - these chains will finally loosen their grip on me once again.