Hi schawla, and welcome to ThePhotoForum!
Nice to be seeing a self-portrait RIGHT AWAY .
So we "know" you at once.
The crop you gave that photo of yours enhances it by the factor 100! It is true, the shadow is too big a part of the photo to be touched, but the lefthand side of the original is, indeed, quite distracting, and that distraction is gone in the cropped version. Very nice!