Insecurity IS a Marvelous Thing

6:00 AM Elizabeth Seckman 77 Comments

Captain Scratchy.Com

I suggest you work on your insecurities. Try to develop them- feed them daily with a few reminders that some days- you can't even keep your shoes tied. 

Trust me. It will do you good. People with zero insecurities are most likely robots or bitches*. 

Huh, what? 

Wait Elizabeth- this is the day where you tell us to be confident and take over the world. 

Sorry. Not today. Maybe next month. 

This month, we're promoting the humble screw-up who is brave enough to admit to herself, and the world, that she has flaws. 

Okay, seriously, have you ever met someone who thinks she's perfect? 

You know- you say you walked a mile, she tells you she jogged two? 

You took a shower and brushed your teeth, and she suggests you add a facial and a make-over? 

You finished a book, she informs you she just made the best-seller list? 

I mean no matter what you do, she will always be better than you- and she will make sure you damn well know it. 

People, please!!

You DO NOT want to me that gal. No one likes her. Not really. 

She's like time spent in a stiletto. Sure, it looks good in pictures, but no one wants to walk a mile in them. You're going to peel them off as quickly as you can and slip your barking feet into some nice, comfy slippers. 

My advice? Be insecure. It's a good reminder that you're NOT all that- at least not all the time. 

It's also a reminder that you ARE going to fail. It IS going to suck, but you'll get back up, maybe grab yourself a bowl of ice cream- which you will not share with any bitches...they'll probably just tell you they never eat ice cream anyhow- that's how they remain a size 2...and dust yourself off. 

And there to help you clean yourself up will be your real friends, those wonderful, equally insecure people who are confident enough to admit they're screw-ups too. 

*Guys, this can apply to you too, but I'm a gal, so I'm sticking with the world of bitches because it's what I know.


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77 comments:

  1. Insecurities keep us humble and help prevent us from becoming sloppy in our writing. I like to try to keep mine in little cages,in the back of my mind, and only let them out when I need a dose of "reality".

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    1. I don't know that I'm less sloppy, but I'm more open to critique because I know there are flaws.

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  2. Elizabeth, I love you. You always make me smile, and you have the best advice. :)

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    1. I love you too, Rachel. I am wise. I'm getting old ;)

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  3. Love that robot pic! Sheesh, I am so far from perfect I can't even see it. :)

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    1. Isn't that awesome? I couldn't think of anything to write about until I found that little gem.

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  4. AMEN, sistah!!! I'm a mess of insecurity this month (and now I'm secretly glad!) Lol. :)

    Love the robot pic. Hehe.

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    1. You are the bomb, Kristin. But glad you're not full of hot air that swells your head.

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  5. haha oh those people I just don't associate with. Pffft to them.

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  6. Don't want to be an arrogant jerk either!

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    1. Do you think arrogant jerks consciously decide to be arrogant jerks? Do they wake up one day and think, "I'm better than everyone else. I think I'll let them know about it." ?

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  7. Ha! I love this post!!! :D

    IWSG #119 until Alex culls the list again

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    1. Thanks Melissa!! And thanks for the share!!

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  8. There sure isn't any point in not admitting your insecurities. They will only come up and bite you when you least want them to. Good advice to both writers and non writers Liz.

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    1. You're right, of course- as usual. You can't hide anything- all things come full circle in time.

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  9. *Giggle - love this. X

    http://shahwharton.com

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  10. Awesome post! I've spent way too much of my life dealing with bitches to put up with them anymore.

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    1. I gave up on them a looong time ago. Usually they're pretty shallow too and shallow swimming gets boring real quick.

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  11. First, I like the new look of your blog!

    The world of bitches. HAHAHA!!!! I am proud of my insecurities because it says that I'm passionate about what I do. We all are. :)

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    1. Thank you! Carrie Butler is the genius behind my blog make-over.

      You make a good point. Being insecure and still stepping out on limbs shows some real passion!

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  12. Nice.

    I'm afraid I'm one of those who comes off more confident and put together than she is. Meet me in person, please. You'll see the frazzled hair, dark circles under the eyes, wrinkled clothes and inability to articulate. (Thank you sleep deprivation...I mean, baby.) We're all human, eh?

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    1. Crystal, you are amazing at all you do, but you never come across as a snarky one-upper. And I have never, ever known you not to help when you can. You're as golden as the cheese you hoard.

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    2. Aw! You're such a sweetheart. Here's to spreading the love (and the cheese), eh?

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  13. OMG! I want that robot cartoon to share with my family. What a hoot.

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    1. You can find it and more humorous fun here: http://captainscratchy.com/

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  14. Woo-hoo! Love this feisty post. My favorite characters and people are flawed. :)

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  15. Love the robot cartoon! Perfect - OMG, who wants to be that? Talk about boring. Plus, I've learned that those perfect people aren't reaching the perfection as nicely as they say they are. Yep, they failed to mention that during their 2 mile job, they got a lift on the back of a passing 4-wheeler, and who wants a size 2 when there's ice cream????

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    1. I suppose we're just confident enough to let our flaws fly! I don't want to be a size 2. I want to enjoy more to life than just the oxygen!

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  16. Yup, I'm no one-upper. And I do find that I tend to wallow a bit in my insecurity, so I'm good there! I'm pretty sure I'm no bitch!

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  17. LOL love the bit about not sharing the ice cream with any bitches. Amen. :D

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    1. No we won't. They probably wouldn't appreciate it anyway!

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  18. Elizabeth, I'm very much secure in my insecurities because honestly I don't care what other people think. and love the cartoon. hilarious!

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    1. That is a great cartoon. I wish my dad was alive- I'd get it for him on a mug. He'd have loved it. It's Captain Scratchy- reminds me of the Far Side. I loved those cartoons.

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  19. Wonderful post! I needed that humor. Thank you.

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  20. Elizabeth, I'm very much secure in my insecurities because honestly I don't care what other people think. and love the cartoon. hilarious!

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  21. Elizabeth, I'm very much secure in my insecurities because honestly I don't care what other people think. and love the cartoon. hilarious!

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  22. Where DO you find these things? And I SO love the take on insecurity! Thank you. Makes me feel better!

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  23. Local screwup? You've been peeking!

    Yeah. That's me, and I've never claimed to be perfect. And I have many witnesses to that.

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  24. If we were perfect, we'd have nothing to reach for. Thanks for this reminder of our imperfection. Who needs perfect anyway? That wouldn't be any fun.

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    1. True. Perfect people never trip and fall and offer the world good laughs.

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  25. Oh I am one of those insecure ladies. My post today laid me out bare. Liz, you darling card you. Thank God for my soul sister who knows behaving like you are perfect doesn't make you many friends. In fact I think it create stalkers.

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    1. I'll have to go check out your post. I think you are the most amazing and wonderful, so if you say we're soul sisters- well, I'll take that as the biggest compliment!! Hugs and love to you, Sheena-kay.

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  26. I'm full of insecurities, so I'm with you. Let's eat fall down first, then eat ice cream (preferably without ending up with double chocolate on our shirts), and then write some more. :)

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    1. I can guarantee, I'll end up with it on my shirt. Bring a Tide stick, okay?

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  27. Gotta keep a balance, cause being overconfident isn't any better than being too insecure to do anything.

    And it's just as well the bitches won't eat ice cream. I wouldn't share mine with them anyway.

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    1. Balance- that is the key. You're always so smart!

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  28. Thanks for this blog post. It's exactly what I needed to hear today. :)

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    1. At first, I was sweating- staring at that blank screen. I'm glad I didn't give up now and just leave the cartoon- though it is the most awesome cartoon, right?

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  29. Insecurities make us strive to work harder, to keep reaching because we want to improve. They are rough, but are a good thing to have.

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    1. You are right there! And sometimes, we need to look back at how much we've learned. We are going in the right direction- it's not normal to have it all from square one.

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  30. Insecurities keep us humble and make us work hard, else we all would become overconfident people who irritate other people.

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    1. And over-confident people are hard to teach- just like a two-year-old.

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  31. Insecurities make us stronger. If we think we're perfect, then we'd never grow.

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  32. Insecurities do make us more interesting, don't they? I think it's important to recognize that we ALL have insecurities...most of us just hide them most of the time!

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    1. I try to hide mine, but they're pretty obvious. LOL

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  33. This reminds me of a group of women I worked with years ago. They acted oh-so perfect but really weren't. I stopped comparing myself to them because after experiencing their nasty attitudes and bragging, which hid their imperfections, I wanted to be nothing like them. I travel my own journey by myself.

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    1. I suppose the more you have to convince people of your perfection, the bigger the flaws you're hiding. I'd rather march alone than go along with phonies.

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  34. When you say things like this, it makes it hard for me not to completely love you :-)

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    1. Now, why would you even try to resist? hehe

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  35. Brilliant. Well said. I'm not wearing stilettos any time soon... :-)

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    1. I've never worn a pair. I'm afraid of heights.

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  36. As you know, my summer has been all kinds of insecurities. Thankfully I've rounded them up and am now after the stragglers. Love the perspective you have here, Liz. :)

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    1. It shows you're human and wonderful. Go ahead and let those stragglers run, just don't let them lead you by the nose.

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  37. Well said! Insecurities are helpful to keeping you grounded. Nobody wants to hang out with a no-it-all.

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