I don’t want to brag, but…
I am smart.
I am beautiful.
I am thoughtful.
I am hard-working.
I am stubborn.
I am sarcastic.
I am funny.
I am tough.
I am strong.
I am…a million different things.
Just because I am all of these things, doesn’t mean that you aren’t, too.
The dangerous trend, that honestly has probably been around since nearly the dawn of time, is that to have self-confidence, one must also put others down, to highlight just how awesome we are. You can’t be nearly as awesome as me, because you suck, and I smell like roses.
And, oh, how many times in my life have I fallen victim to this???
How many times do I still fall victim to this???
Insecurity. Insecurity in ourselves, in how the world perceives us, in who we are. Insecurity causes so many challenges. Some people, like me, respond to this by shutting down. I start to believe all of those negative comments that people make, because I believe in how they are talking to me, talking about me. I believe them. And I shut down.
The other response is to be one of those people who put others down. There are varying degrees of this. Sometimes this can come across as a very polite comment, but the truth of what is said is a criticism. Other times it is very blatant, rude and meant to hurt. And still other times, an insecure narcissist can be outright damaging, both physically and emotionally, to other people.
- “You might as well just go to the nursing home and marry an 80 year old man, because no one else will ever want to marry you.”
- “Why would you wear that?”
- “That’s hysterical that you think you can write a book.”
- “You just don’t know what you’re talking about.”
- “You’re stupid.”
- “You’re ugly.”
- “You’re fat.”
- “You smile too much.”
- “What do you have to be so happy about?”
All of these things have been said to me, and then some! And when I heard them, they hurt. And I started to believe them…
One of my own personal struggles is that I don’t know how to walk the very fine line of between being humble and egotistical, confident and coward. It is a very fine line. And I tend to fall on the negative side of the line.
Even still today.
I know, and honestly do believe all of the qualities that I listed above. I believe all of them with my whole heart.
But the tendency to believe that negative inner monologue still afflicts me.
And oh how many times have I stopped myself from doing something because someone else made me feel inferior. Sometimes, it’s the actions of other people directly putting me down. Sometimes, I see how amazing other people are, and think that there isn’t possibly a way I could do that, so why should I even try?
Even if I don’t always realize it, even if I don’t always see it, I know, deep down (sometimes way, way, way deep down) that my life has a purpose. That even if other people can do awesome and amazing things, so can I!
So instead of tearing each other down, let’s just stop. Stop it all. Stop the negative talk. Stop the criticism. Stop the judgement. Stop believing that we are horrible people.
Yes, it is easy to compare ourselves to everyone else.
But just because I’m awesome, doesn’t mean that you aren’t awesome, too!
Awesomeness isn’t mutually exclusive. There isn’t just one awesome award that gets handed out in life.
Ope, I won the Awesome Award this week, sorry ’boutcha!
Life doesn’t work like that!
So join me in being a cheerleader for life.
Build each other up.
Compliment instead of criticize.
We just might change the world.