My Shout: I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and doggone it, people like me
When exactly did it become rude to talk highly about oneself?
I ask, because I overheard a conversation recently that made me start pondering this.
Daughter: Mom, Jessica told me how good I was at singing, and I told her yes, I am good at it.
Mother: Cassie, we don’t say things like that.Daughter: Why? I just said that I knew I was good.
Mother: Yes dear, but that’s being conceited.
Daughter: But I am good at singing.
Mother: Yes dear, but we just don’t brag like that.
Daughter: I’m not.
Mother: You are, Cassie, now stop it.
Conceited? Really? Bragging? Really? The girl knows she’s good at something, and by simply stating that fact, mom says she’s conceited and bragging? I don’t agree.
When did we become a people who think that by tooting our own horns every now and then, we’re showing off?
As a nation, we work long hours. We spend a lot of time doing things for other people. Our down time is minimal. Our vacation time is limited. When we compare our free time to that of other countries, the thought is enough to get us all down.
Why then, can’t we be proud of all that we do? Why can’t we ‘big ourselves up’ every now and then.
Many people work in jobs they don’t enjoy. They work for bosses or superiors who criticize or complain.
Why then can’t they shout out to themselves every once in a while.
From a young age, we’re told to be the best we possibly can be. Our parents instill in us the concept of becoming high achievers. We can go far, they tell us. We can be anything we want to be, they say.
Why then, when we reach that pinnacle, when we excel, and become the best at something, are we meant to not shout it from the rooftops?
Well, I’m going to go against the grain on this one. I’m going to take great pleasure and pride in all that I’ve become and all that I am.
I’m a loving wife, a devoted daughter, and a wonderful friend, and if I do say so myself, I’m pretty damn funny, and I, like dear Cassie, can carry a tune rather well. I urge everyone who feels they too are good at something to say it out loud with me.
No more hiding individual lights under bushels. No more standing in the shadows of success. No more being called conceited or being told we’re bragging. If we’re good at something, then by all means, people need to know.
Let’s get back to a time when we took pride in who we were. We’re all good at something, so why not let the world know what that is?
Just think of what a positive world this would be if we all thought we were pretty amazing. Just think of what we could accomplish if we all thought we could.
So, get out there America, and tell whoever will listen that today is all about you!