Happy Monday, reader! How was your weekend?
Everyone talks to themselves from time to time, and that’s totally fine. It becomes slightly less socially acceptable when there are other people in the room, and it’s definitely frowned upon at formal occasions – funerals in particular are a no go. In general, talking to yourself is not a problem, as long as you’re being nice to yourself. It might sound a bit strange, but a lot of us use talking to ourselves as an opportunity to be defeatist or cowardly. Here are five things that we really need to stop saying to and about ourselves:
- “I’m such an idiot”
No, you’re not. Everyone has stupid moments from time to time. That doesn’t make you an idiot. Even if you were a idiot, do you really believe that telling yourself so is going to make you any smarter? If you really think that you could stand to be more intellectual then read more books and listen to Radio 4. Also, having an emotional response to something is not stupidity. Trusting someone who ends up hurting/deceiving you or getting carried away by a crush is not an indication of cognitive impairment. If someone else has made a mockery of your trust/feelings/Oyster card then they’re the idiot, not you.
- “S/he would never like me”
Two words: watch Hairspray. We have no idea how the human heart works, what makes people fancy each other or why couples stay together forever. Oh, sure, there’s all the science about genetic compatibility and how we’re subconsciously attracted to the best candidates to continue the species with. But if you convince yourself that you’re not worthy of someone’s affections then you’re creating a self-fulfilling prophecy: if you don’t believe that you’re worthwhile then how is anyone else supposed to?
- “I’ll never get that job”
Again, you never know. It’s always worth applying for stuff that you’re a bit under-qualified for, because some employers see potential and like to help you realise it. Also, it doesn’t matter how amazing the job is: if an employer rejects your application then either you weren’t right for the job, or the company wasn’t right for you. Why would you want to work for a company foolish enough to reject you? Why would you want to do a job that you weren’t right for? Exactly. Stop worrying about it.
- “My mean parent/teacher/friend was right about me”
No they flipping were not. I know it’s much, much easier said than done, but you absolutely have to let go of nasty stuff that people have said about you. This is for two reasons: firstly, those words were probably said out of anger, bitterness or malice, and therefore have less to do with you than the unhappiness of the person who said them. Secondly, letting nasty comments take hold of your self-worth means that nobody wins.
- “I could never do that”
Do what? Travel the world? Go skydiving? Become famous? Get out of your overdraft? You are capable of anything you can think of, and I don’t just mean that in a cheesy, “live your dream” kind of way (although that is part of it). Anything that you want to do with your life can definitely be done, and you know that to be true because someone else has done it before you. Loads of people, in fact. If they can do it – whether “it” is learn to tap dance or go into space – you can do it.
Have a highly amusing Monday, and I will see you tomorrow.