Hey y’all! How is it going? I hope all of you are doing well and are enjoying a wonderful Sunday. It’s Superbowl Sunday and I am ready to eat my body weight in all things savory, spicy and /or fried haha!
So… Whenever I meet someone new, one of the first questions I ask them is:
What’s Your Most Embarrassing Moment?
I think I’ve asked this question, ever since I had my own embarrassing moment! It’s one of my favorite questions to ask, because I love hearing about any story that begins with, “okay so there was this one time….”. Then again, I love learning about people and how their experiences shaped them in becoming the person they are today. I don’t know what it is, but I think it’s interesting!
The purpose of this blog post is to bring to light that we are not perfect individuals and that while life is filled with embarrassments, disappointments, and shortcomings, what matters the most is how we react to them and how we can come out better on the other side. So I’m sharing some of my embarrassing moments, as well as lessons learned, with you, in hopes that it can help you or someone you know in a similar situation!
Embarrassing Moment #1: My First Crush
So I was in third grade at the time. I was short (still am, lol) and slightly chubby, and I decided to tell this one friend I was close to, that I liked this kid in our class. As soon as the words slipped out of my mouth, I remember seeing this person literally turn to the kid I liked and say out loud, “Karen likes you!”
I remember feeling my cheeks get red hot and I remember turning the shade of a tomato, it was baaaaaaaaaaaaad, y’all. This kid’s response was one that I will never, ever forget and it was: “Karen… You like me?“, to which I replied, “eh, well kinda…”
Lesson Learned from this: Don’t Trust Easily
I wish this was the last time I put my trust into someone, but this was the first of many, many mistakes I have made in trusting people. I learned after that situation, to never put my trust into that person ever again.
I guess another lesson I learned later on was to not be so open with who I liked. I learned this a little later on in life. I was watching girl code one day and they talked about the beginning stages of meeting someone. One of the girls were saying that if you like someone, but you’re not sure if the person reciprocates your feelings, don’t tell anyone. The reason why is because you don’t want to come off thirsty to your friends, so just make sure that if you are going to tell your girls about a guy, make sure you know how he feels about you, first!
Embarrassing Moment #2: Band Camp Mishap
There was this one time at band camp (yes, before you howl with laughter, I did color guard in high school. See for yourself here), I remember we were rehearsing the last part of the show, a part I wasn’t able to learn as quickly with the rest of the color guard. Now, Band camp, wasn’t in the back of the school, it was at this YMCA-owned acre of land where they had about 2 fields and various areas where different sections of the band could do their warm ups and then meet on the big field for a practice for the show. This big field was close to a forest-y area
So I had to sit out in the back towards the forest, with another girl, while we watched the band and guard take it from the beginning of that last part of the show over and over. Since we were freshman, we were given fanny packs by our senior “band buddies” with essentials (such as a sunblock stick for our faces, jolly ranchers, highlighters, pencils, some extra guard tape, etc).
We were sitting and talking about life, and I had my fanny pack open. Out of the corner of my eye, I noticed that there was a worm that slithered into my fanny pack! I screamed (I’m clearly not a fan of bugs). To add to the embarrassment factor, the band had just gotten to standby and put their instruments down and… they all turned to the back!
Needless to say, we had a water break and some of the guard girls came up to me and asked if I was okay.
Lesson Learned: To Just Laugh it Off
Anytime embarrassing shit happens to you, always know that it makes for a great story and something to look back on. Even though it’s hard in the moment, always strive for positivity and rely on the power of laughter.
I still don’t like bugs and I will probably most likely, scream if a worm crawled into my bag, even now.
Embarrassing Moment #3: That One Time in Math Class
So by this point, I was in my junior year of high school. I was taking Algebra II/Trigonometry. I had this teacher who had a very interesting mustache and if you looked closely he looked like the lorax. So this teacher was going around looking to see if we had our homework done. Since we often roamed around campus with our backpacks, they always rested on the floor to the left of our desks or behind our chairs.
When the teacher came by my row, I had my backpack open (funny how these stories have a pattern of me having my bag open), and this teacher literally TRIPS over my backpack and faceplants. I remember all of my classmates that day, bursted out laughing and I felt so embarrassed, but a friend, basically tapped me and said “c’mon Karen, you gotta admit that was funny”.
Lesson Learned: Don’t Beat Yourself Up
As bad as a situation is, don’t beat yourself up over it. I have this awful habit of doing this anytime I get embarrassed, but I’ve been more conscious of it lately. I You live and you learn through each situation, gaining experience and knowledge about yourself in the process.
I saw a quote one day that basically read, “you can’t control what happens to you, but what you can change is the way you react to it”. And I definitely feel like that applies here in the story above.
I could go on and on about my embarrassing moments, but now I want to hear what your embarrassing moments are!
I triple dog dare you to spill all the teaaaaaaaaaaaa! For more of my adventures, go follow me on the ‘gram!
Sending a ton of love and light your way,