It's been pointed out to me recently that I get my confidence in part from running and cycling.
I hadn't realised this but I guess it's true.
This is inherent to my character and has been since I was about sixteen.
I have other friends who don't feel this way about exercise. They do it because it's fun and to stay healthy but it's nothing to do with expressing themselves as a person.
They have other things they get their sense of individuality and confidence from.
Like the way they paint or draw, or dance, or dress a certain way. They have their own brand.
Midwifery tends to attract feisty, strong women (and to a lesser extent, men). Many of these people express themselves by having funky hairstyles, tattoos and piercings in non-standard places.