Updated: May 18
Some people would have you believe that pride is a negative emotion, and to feel a sense of pride in yourself and your achievements is said to operate from the ego.
But I don’t believe this to be true.
We live in a world where it’s frowned upon to be successful, and to celebrate our own success. We are literally cut off from the knees for speaking up about what we are doing and where we are going, because society says it’s self righteous or self-centred.
So, how do we learn to clap for ourselves when we are constantly told to do otherwise?
Because the thing is, if we can’t be proud of who we are and the work that we do, who else will?
By staying small, and by hiding in the shadows downplaying our work, we are telling our children, our loved ones, and our friends to do the same!
We need to lead from the front and demonstrate to others that it’s perfectly OK, and very cool, to celebrate your achievements and your success!
Pride doesn’t have to come from a place of fear, or with a price tag of shame; instead, it can come from a place of love.
My biggest moment of pride in my life thus far was when I published my book, and got to hold it in my hands for the first time. All the heartache, tears, and hardship on my writing journey were made up for when I got to see, touch and smell the product of my labour.
And that is a feeling that will never be replaced.
It’s a feeling that I refuse to label as “ego-centrical”, and it’s a feeling that I will never stay small about.
What are your biggest moments of pride in your life?
Let’s celebrate them together!