A friend and fellow runner ran an amazing race this weekend and she posted about it on Facebook, but she started her post “I am genuinely not trying to brag…”
I totally understood what she was trying to say but it has been bugging me! Not the fact that she posted about her awesome run, not the fact that she has achieved so much, but the fact that she felt she need to clarify or play it down. She was proud of what she and had achieved and how far she had come and wanted to tell people about it and rightly so, but….
But what! I see this so often and I am guilty of it myself. I am in the business of celebrating achievements but often don’t mention my own for fear of being thought to be big headed, or boastful or that I make somebody else feel bad that they have not achieved the same. I will often get orders for medal hanger from friends of family members who are proud of each other, but less from people buying it for themselves. I will also get orders from people who tell me all about their friends’ achievements and how proud they are of their friend only to find out that they have achieved just as much if not more.
And so, in keeping with blog theme and THIS post, we should all be proud of ourselves, no matter what the achievement. Our first 5 km, our first 100m swim, our Mtb ride, our first Ultra Marathon or even the first cake that did not flop. If somebody else has not quite gotten there, then we should encourage them to achieve, but not by downplaying our own achievements. Our achievements should motivate them, not make them despondent. When did it become a bad thing to brag a little?
So, what are you proud of this week – it does not have to be sports related. I am very proud of the cake I decorated and party I threw for my daughter. I think it turned out great.
And for the record I have given up baking from scratch – far too stressful. The cake was a box mix. I love decorating cakes but do not like baking…..
I think should be a regular (hopefully weekly) feature… What are you proud of this week? What do you think?