Day 5 – My Proudest Moment
In January this year I posted this image on Twitter, asking people to brag about themselves.
I got very few responses. Some of the people who replied were shy and felt uncomfortable about answering and others preferred to answer the question privately because they didn’t want to seem full of themselves. A day later I sent out another tweet asking what people wished they could change about themselves. I was overwhelmed by the number of responses.
I wasn’t surprised by this response. In some ways it feels as though there is an unwritten expectation that we should see ourselves as constantly needing improvement without appreciating what we excel at. Something inside us says “how dare you brag about yourself when you suck at this and this and this and also that”. We ask ourselves who are we to feel proud? And what have we really done that we can be proud of?
As I said in my previous post, success should be something people define for themselves and that applies to this question as well. It doesn’t have to be big to be significant. It doesn’t have to change the world for it to be valid. If it matters to you, then brag about it. If you dealt with something that used to scare you, be proud. Celebrate all your victories no matter how small.
The challenge asks for the proudest moment but I am a badass rule breaker so I’ll post more than one.
Here are some of my proudest moments in no particular order:
- One time I finished a whole tube of chapstick without losing it. Impressive I know.
- I once signed a gym contract and actually went to gym regularly for a whole year.
- The day I landed my first solo consulting gig as a freelancer with one of the biggest companies in my country 🙂
- I was asked to work with an NGO that trains young rural women as citizen journalists. We teach them the power of telling of their stories. And I get to be part of it!
- In 2012 I shaved all my hair off. It was one of the most liberating moments of my life. It felt like letting go of society’s definitions of beauty and it was the beginning of my journey to defining beauty for myself.
- Healing and re-learning self-love after leaving an abusive relationship. I think I turned out pretty awesome 🙂
- The day I could afford a plane ticket for my Father with money I had earned for myself. It was the first time I felt like I could give back a tiny portion of everything my parents have sacrificed for me.
- When I ventured into fashion blogging for a season. It was all new to me and I was out of my comfort zone but it was a fun start.
After this challenge is over, I’d like to write more about my proudest moments. I’d encourage you to do the same dear reader. Brag about yourself!
Catch you in the next challenge!