No one wants to admit that they are prideful. We try to navigate ways to be prideful. For example, being proud about someone can seem like pride we’re okay with. Then there’s the pride where someone is constantly trying to show off. I’m going to speak from a personal place because as much as I hate to admit it, this is something I struggle with. Let’s about about why pride can get ugly.
Let’s Talk: Pride Can Get Ugly
Handy Google defines pride as “a feeling or deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements, the achievements of those with whom one is closely associated, or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired.” See it doesn’t seem bad. I recently got my master’s and I’m proud of myself, especially because I didn’t think I would finish. So when is it that pride gets ugly?
In a world where doing things for the ‘gram is a thing (again, speaking from experience) this is where it gets tricky. Putting things out there just to show off and make people jealous is just wrong. You can be genuinely excited about something and that’s great but when it becomes simply about showing off and gloating then that’s when it needs to be put on check.
I’m a pretty flawed person who is trying to correct my mistakes as I go. This has been a big thing for me to learn. Sometimes I wonder if something needs to be said or posted because I question my motives behind it. I can be excited about something but if I’m only doing it to shove it in people’s faces, then I’m doing things for the wrong reasons. Be excited for your life because you truly are happy. Not just because you want to show yourself better than others.
How do you handle pride?