One of my friends at the gym had given me a wristband for my birthday. On the band, it was written ‘Dream It- Achieve It- Flaunt It’.
Personally, I’ve never shied from showing off. I’ve heard people tell me ‘Hey, you shouldn’t show off.’ And my reaction has always been ‘Why?’
It really annoys me when people act as if they can decide the way I show my body. I’m gonna flex my arms whenever I want to, and I’m going to walk with my chest pushed out and there’s really nothing you can do about it.
You know why you can’t stop me from showing off? Because you’re doing the same thing. You’re showing your three chins and floppy oversized belly. And please, don’t tell me that I am choosing to show off my body. You’ve chosen to show off too. You chose to not exercise and you chose to eat whatever you wanted to. And that’s completely fine. We both had choices over how we wished to treat our body. You stuffed it with junk, and now you’re upset cause I’m showing you what you could’ve achieved if you’d treat it proper.
Of course, there are circumstances that come into play. It’d be extremely illogical of me to claim that I’m better than you are simply because I excel in a particular field. We all have our own life story and our own reasons for being what we are. We face different situations in life, and deal with them the best we can. I have no problem with what you are, because there’s a story behind how you got there. If you’re not bragging, it doesn’t mean that you never did anything praiseworthy. There are a lot of things hidden below the surface that we simply can’t see from the outside. It doesn’t matter to me if you have a belly or not. Why would it? My problem is only with people who think it’s a bad thing to show off.
People don’t really mind others showing off. They mind it when the person showing off is better than they are. If someone is parading an item inferior to the one you possess, you won’t be bothered by them. If you show your new BMW to people driving Lamborghinis, they won’t call it showing off. If you show the same BMW to people without a car, they’ll consider it showing off. The truth is that people only accuse you of flaunting if it makes them feel insecure about themselves.
There was a phase, when my efforts at the gym were really beginning to show and I let others know of it. But since I got that wristband, I stopped flaunting. Why? Because I was missing a step.
I had dreamt, and I was flaunting, but I hadn’t achieved the body I was aiming at. Until you’ve achieved it, you mustn’t flaunt it.
It is on this principle that I despise children in my age group boasting about the new phone they purchased, or the expensive shoes they just got. I get annoyed at this because they didn’t achieve it. They didn’t earn it. And since you’ve not achieved it, you’re not justified in flaunting it.
Flaunting is about telling others what you achieved. But why do you tell others? Because you worked hard to achieve what you did and somewhere deep down you want people to recognize that. You want people to see the effort you put in, and you want them to respect that effort. You’re human, and just like all others, you like being praised. You enjoy getting complimented because it makes you feel good. And if you’ve been putting hard work into something, you deserve what others give you for it, be it envy or praise.
But here’s the thing. If you haven’t achieved something, then what are you flaunting? That phone you’re showing off? You didn’t achieve it. You just got it. You said ‘Dad, I want a new phone for my birthday’ and your only accomplishment was staying alive till your birthday rolled in.
Here’s what I believe. There are going to be people annoyed that you’re showing off. Let them be. You don’t need anything from them. Bask in their envy. There are going to be people who praise you for what you’re showing off. Don’t flaunt again in front of them, because they’ve already recognized your effort, and too much of anything becomes annoying.
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with showing off, as long as you achieved what you’re exhibiting.
As I end my post, I’d just like to thank Sue for giving me tips in expressing my message more concisely. I do believe I’m terrible at not offending people, and she did a huge favor by helping me reign that in a little bit.
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I’m Aayush, 16 years old and still stuck in school. I love to write about stuff cause it’s a really cool way of expressing your opinions. It’s practically the only way you can talk about something without being interrupted or having to repeat yourself. I can never restrict myself to writing about just one thing, because there’s so much going on and so many interesting things. And anyway, who would like to read about only one topic all the time? That’d be so boring and monotonous. (I just used a big word to sound cool. Don’t act like you don’t do it too.)
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