For years I was plagued with the thought that I had to do everything by myself and that to be an independent woman meant I could never ask for help from anyone. I spiraled downward in my head with feelings of inadequacy and lack because I was stretched too thin and trying to achieve things I wasn't good at or didn't enjoy doing because I felt I had to. I was stuck. I was stuck in the remote island I had stubbornly and ignorantly created for myself.
I slowly (very slowly, and literally just this year) started to expand my island. I started accepting help from others when they offered. I started collaborating with photographers to bring my visions to life. I realized there were things that other people are better at than me, and that's okay - actually, that's great! I objectively acknowledged my abilities and skills and stopped trying to pretend like I could do it all on my own.
One of my favorite quotes is "a jack of all trades is a master of none." As humans, we can really only keep our focus on one thing at a time. If we want to accel in an area, why try to overload the brain with more than it can handle? I know now that in order to grow and "succeed" (I put that in quotes because it's such a subjective term), it really does take a village. It's so much easier for each person to focus on one skill or trade and then come together to work collaboratively with others to achieve grand things.
We are nothing without each other. We are all one and connected in this journey of life. Focus on what makes you happy, what you're good at, what you enjoy doing and learning.