Humble is a word that's never been used to describe me. In fact, I remember distinctly my paternal grandmother telling me once that I could "benefit from a little more humility". I humbly declined.
Therefore, it may surprise no one that the word 'humble' doesn't feature in my vocabulary and I will also go as far as to say that I don't believe in being humble. In my humble opinion, being "modestly demuring" doesn't serve anyone, particularly women.
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In Australia, 'tall poppy syndrome' has long been a cultural stalwart and we as young girls, have been conditioned to not wax lyrical about our strengths and to 'humbly demure' when someone compliments us. Anyone foolish enough to visibly demonstrate a little spirit and then have the audacity to verbalise it will soon learn the error of their ways.
We've all likely heard any or all of the below:
"No one likes a big noter."
"What a showoff."
"Don't get too big for your boots."
"You're so up yourself."
"Little girls are meant to be seen, not heard."
This cultural conditioning prevents us from truly owning our greatness and holds us back from acknowledging our successes and stepping into our power. And it's time it f*cking stopped. No more martyrdom, self-flagellation or praying for penance at the shrine of the patriarchy.