If you’re anything like me, it’s not easy for you to take a compliment. I understand the ridiculousness of that statement but it’s true. This is what it usually looks like:
Friend: I LOVE your hair! I love when you straighten it!
Me: Oh…uhh…yeah, well this humidity is turning it into a total frizz ball.
Friend: You look seriously fabulous today!!
Me: No way, I feel huuuuge!
Seriously? SERIOUSLY?! Why is it so hard to say “thank you!” Sometimes I’ll even start with “Thank you, but….” NO! No, no, NO!
Why is it so hard to take a compliment?
Why is it so hard to just say “thank you” and leave it at that?
Why does there always have to be an excuse?
To make it worse, I get the impression I’m not the only one like this. In fact I know I’m not. I can recall a few conversations with one of my good friends when I told her I loved her outfit and it turned into “oh thanks, but I totally spilled my coffee on myself this morning and now I have to spend the rest of my day walking around with this little spot” or some excuse along those lines.
As the day continued and everyone mentioned how cute she looked, she kept saying the same thing…”thank you, but…” We got a good laugh out of it when we realized how many times it happened in that day, but she couldn’t stop. She couldn’t just take the compliment and say “thank you.”
We talked about how hard it is for us to do that. Like we suddenly turn into this awkward girl in the corner freaked out that everyone is staring at us and we have to point out every flaw.
Even yesterday before I sat down to write up this post, I was texting with one of my best friends…
I know, I know… :-/
So I challenge you… And I challenge myself…
Next time someone gives you a compliment JUST SAY THANK YOU!
Take the compliment, acknowledge the compliment and realize you’re freaking gorgeous so let others see that!
You know, just thinking out loud.
How are you at taking compliments?