Embarrassing is such a hard emotion for me. Usually embarrassment turns to shame pretty quickly but on Tuesday I actually dared greatly and reached out before it took an ugly turn.
This is the facebook message I sent to my band mates:
Okay have to share an embarrassing story with you
girls. I decided to wear a dress today and on my way to my office I did
not know that my backpack would cause my dress to ride up in the back.
I was almost at my building when I felt a cool breeze. Yes my ass was
all out Good thing I was wearing my red Charlotte set! So I guess I was advertising for Golden Pear.
Yes ladies and the random dude looking for boob pics, I walked in front of the library with my red panties showing, like my ass was all out. So why tell you good readers this? I love the work of Dr. Brene Brown and after rewatching some of her Oprah's Lifeclass on Sunday, I am working to dare greatly and identify shame in my life.
One of the lessons from Dr. Brene Brown is that shame cannot survive being spoken. If I had told no one then I would have turned that into a shame spiral for myself. It would have gone from me calling myself stupid for wearing a dress in the first place to body shame to the effect of no one noticed because no one would want to look at your fat ass. See shame is an ugly thing but rather than sink into the hole of shame, I did what Dr. Brown said and I reached out. I called my husband and told him. He made me see the funny side of it. Then I sent a message to my girls from Red Shoe P&*%. No one told me I was fat or ugly or how awful or how they would have died on the spot. Everyone helped me see the funny aspect and the great opportunity for selling underwear and the punk lifestyle I had created for myself.
Yes it was embarrassing. It still is embarrassing. There is no telling what you will think or how you will want to shame me but I hope this helps someone else reach out too. It is amazing how many people have had experiences similar to those we go through and they wish they had someone to talk to too. There is an old saying that says there is nothing new under the sun. If that is true then someone else on this planet is or has gone through something similar to us and we all want to be able to connect and share with someone. There is no reason to carry shame with us. Share your story.
I was wearing this set which is available at Golden Pear or your local Parfait by Affinitas store. (Hey why not sell some set for my girl at Golden Pear :) )