Humble: (Merriam Webster) Not proud or assertive.
(Urban Dictionary) An admirable quality that not many people possess. It means that a person may have accomplished a lot, or be a lot but doesn’t feel it is necessary to advertise or brag about it.
We all have “that friend” or know a person that ALWAYS brags about EVERYTHING ALL OF THE TIME. Sometimes we can accept, ignore, or get used to that person being that way, so we know how to deal with them when their ego grows extra-large. Sometimes though, these people who brag all of the time are so focused on themselves that they honestly don’t even realize how narcissistic they truly are.
I have a friend, who I have known for a very long time. To their credit, they are very intelligent and have always been goal driven. Whatever they set their mind to, they have accomplished it. With that being said, the word humble has never been in their vocabulary. EVER. Every time they accomplished something, BOOM! In your face with it. Ugh, so annoying.
If you are comfortable and confident in who you are and your abilities as a human being, then you shouldn’t feel a need to brag or boast about everything to everyone. When you do suddenly feel the need to rub in people’s faces your achievements, material possessions, or accomplishments, what shortcomings are you really trying to cover up? Think about it. What is going on with you that makes you feel like you have to glorify another aspect of your life?
My father always tells me, especially when he sees how affected I can get after having a conversation with my narcissistic friend, that people who lack humility always get a wake up call. Usually a rude one. People who brag about their material possessions and walk around with huge egos usually find themselves in a situation where everything is suddenly taken away from them. Have you ever heard the story of Icarus? Well, it goes a little something like this:
In Greek mythology, Icarus is the son of the master craftsman Daedalus, the creator of the Labyrinth. Icarus and his father attempt to escape from Crete by means of wings that his father constructed from feathers and wax. Icarus’s father warns him first of complacency and then of hubris, asking that he fly neither too low nor too high, so the sea’s dampness would not clog his wings or the sun’s heat melt them. Icarus ignored his father’s instructions not to fly too close to the sun, whereupon the wax in his wings melted and he fell into the sea.
Long story short, stay humble, before one day you wake up in the bottom of the ocean.