This stands true for me since i've shut down from people, i feel more confident without their negative vibes bringing me down. I was tired of being excluded, and looked down on all while being friendly, polite, & supportive. I'm much more confident now. Self respect has taken away the insecurities. I'm also getting a very sharp intuition as i get older that i listen very closely to.
So true ~ Yes they are known as "Happy Accidents" in my world, being involved with art teaches you this when attempting to achieve something & it goes a muck, you begin to look at it differently and find it's appeal... & it's just as it should be! ~