Embarrassment and moving on gracefully

“Do you feel uncomfortable when you see someone else being embarrassed? What’s most likely to make you squirm?”

Excerpt From: The Editors, WordPress.com. “365 Days of Writing Prompts.” iBooks.

Embarrassment — it’s not such a bad thing when you see it happen to other people, but when it happens to you, you become more aware of your own flaws. Being aware and embarrassed could either be a bad thing or a good thing. It’s only bad if you don’t learn anything from the experience and/ or you’d rather project your flaws towards other people. On the other hand, it’s good if you let the moment pass, accept what happened gracefully, and move on knowing something new about you and how you respond to situations.

I guess the important takeaway here, upon exposing yourself to an embarrassing situation, would be awareness of how you react and respond. Sure, bad things happen to good people. And embarrassing stuff happen even to the most careful of us. But that doesn’t have to be the final verdict on who you are as a person. As with most things, your experience is determined by your response.

Yesterday, my partner and I watched Avengers: Infinity War for the second time (just because we missed the trailer after the credits at the end of the movie 😂). During this second viewing, some audiences behind us were loudly stating obvious comments about the movie. A particular pet peeve of mine is hearing people make unnecessary noises in a movie house. I mean, I get that I can’t control that people will talk in a public place like a movie theater. What I don’t get is why they need to talk while the movie is ongoing and when all they’re saying is simply stating the obvious. That is both cringeworthy and eyeroll-worthy for me.

Anyhow, the best way to handle these situations in my opinion is just to ignore these people. Unless they’re bothering you continuously, why spend that much energy on confronting them?

One thing I’ve learned during my pregnancy is to pick my own battles. It’s tiring when you have to go through each situation and fix it all the time. That would just make me insane!

After the movie, my partner and I went out with a few friends and, as I was walking, I tripped and almost fell. I could’ve been utterly embarrassed but I was so nervous that it almost gave me a heart attack! Imagine I did fall with my 8 months baby bump! Oh my goodness. I didn’t care how embarrassing the situation was anymore. All I cared about was being thankful I didn’t completely fall on my ass and hurt myself or the baby.

See, sometimes you just gotta see the good in every situation. It’s not about the predicament you find yourself in, but the amount of effort it takes for you to continue learning and to make the most out of each exerience.

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