Portraits are awkward. We traced our partner's every feature with our eyes while deciding where our hand should go next, desperately trying not to pick up the pencil or glance at the paper.
Self-portraits are slightly less awkward, but challenging all the same. Really seeing yourself -- each detail, moment by moment.
...because you're not looking at your drawing and letting your expectations of what "it ought to be," guide you, the details you've drawn may include important aspects of it that, when you're looking at what you're drawing, you may leave out.
- H. South on Blind Contour Drawing
Though these beliefs may be true some of the time, it isn't the full picture. Every now and then, it's important to check in and consider whether the stories we tell about ourselves are keeping us from being our truest self, right now. These stories inform our daily lives-- to what we say yes, or no. Sometimes we act out those stories, what we believe is expected of us, occasionally to our own detriment.