It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these rants, and honestly they’re some of my favourite posts to do. It could be because the small word limit makes for a quicker post, or it could be because I don’t really get angry and these give me a chance to… Who knows? Either way, I’ve missed them and I’m excited for this new one! Some may even say I’m… proud… (Cue the cheesy transition)
If you haven’t read my 400 word rants series before, it’s exactly what it says on the tin. I rant in 400 words or less about a topic that’s been bugging me. It’s essentially some better crafted word vomit. This particular post comes after a conversation I had with one of my friends last week. She was amazingly supportive and is honestly one of the nicest people, so nothing in this is about her – we were just talking about it.
Topic of Today: I’m allowed to be proud
I have neverbeen one of those people to scream my achievements from the rooftops. Iwon’t lie, I got pretty good (sometimes great) grades duringschool, I always had a lot going on, but I didn’t really let people know. People only found out if they directly asked me, or teachers told them. Why? There were a couple of reasons for my attitude. Most of it was due to the factthat I never saw the need to compare and compete with others, and it made me uncomfortable when they did it to me. However, the main reason was that I never wanted to come across braggy.
Now, with blogging, where you have to be your biggest hype girl, I struggle from time to time. If you want to be seen, you have to fight for yourself; you have to advertise yourself, show the things that you’ve been gifted, advertise brands that have worked with you. It’s all so alien to me, and I always have this anxious feeling in the back of my throat that I come across braggy and entitled… A part of me will always feel like I’m boasting or showing off, but this isn’t my intention at all.
Then, the other day, after I noticed a loss of support from someone close to me, I realised that I shouldn’t feel like this at all. I have worked so ridiculously hard on this blog. I pour my heart and soul into it and, yes, it has taken off far more than I ever expected it too. Believe it or not I never dreamed of getting free stuff or paid posts, I just wanted an outlet to write because I was disconnected with my voice. However, I worked hard, people liked my voice, and it became more successful than I ever imagined. I did that. I put in the effort and got results. That’s not bragging, that’s me owning my achievements.
I wasn’t handed anything on a silver platter. I work hard. Sometimes, I have super exciting “pinch me” moments, and I want to share those with my friends or my Twitter followers. I shouldn’t have to feel bad about doing that, because I worked hard to get here. I never intend to show off, and I don’t bark about my achievements 24/7. I’m allowed to be proud about what I do, as should all of you.
Aaaand we’re done. This was actually the closest I’d come to going over the word count… Scraping in at exactly 400 words. Hope you enjoyed this, and look forward to more of these in the future because they sure are therapeutic.
How do you feel about sharing your pride? Let me know in the comments!
Lots of love,