By: Erica Statly
We’ve all been there. For me, I think the most humiliated I’ve ever been being when I hit a car in the school parking lot. A parked car. A football player’s car. And the football players were gone the whole day at a game. After school, my friend’s car died, so I had to drive her to her house to get jumper cables, then back to the school to jump her car. Naturally, the second we pulled back into the school parking lot, the football players were getting back. I had already texted the guy, explaining the situation. The next day, I was the talk of the school. Or the laughingstock of the school.
Honestly, I’ve been humiliated so many times in my life that I have built up a kind of immunity towards it. I can laugh off pretty much anything now. I am usually the target, or center of most jokes, but I can honestly say I don’t really care anymore. After awhile, a wound heals, it might scab, reopen, then scar, but scares fade, and the skin that replaces it is tougher than before.
Going back to the first example I gave, I have never really lived it down. But I don’t really care anymore! It’s funny to me now. The guy whose car I hit was not a very good person anyways, and I went on at the end of the year to win a mock award for “Worst Driver.” It’s still a joke people bring up from time to time, even myself sometimes! LIFE GOES ON.
- Laugh it off. If you can laugh it off, nobody can touch you. Because no one can laugh at you, since you’re laughing with them. The only issue with this, is if you laugh everything off, you have to be able to truly let it roll off your back, because you’re teaching people it’s okay to treat you that way.
- Slow down! Most of the time I humiliate myself because I’m rushing, or talking too fast. Take it slow. Don’t sprint up the stairs, don’t pull into a parking spot going 40mph, don’t try to tell a long story in a few seconds by talking super fast.
- Life goes on. I remember each and every time I was humiliated, but I guarantee if I brought them up to anyone else, they wouldn’t remember it (with the exception of a few situations).
- You’re tougher. People will bring up certain topics to make you feel bad sometimes. They just want to get a reaction out of you. Don’t let them. Smile, laugh, share in the memory with them and shut them down. You’re so much better than that, and they have nothing on you. Don’t let them humiliate you.