There’s a classic scene from the movie Pretty Woman, Julia Roberts character Vivian, is desperate to spend a chunk of money on several new outfits for her, ahem…date. We’re all familiar with the scene; Vivian’s character, tartly dressed, wearing thigh-high boots a tank top and an overtly short skirt. She wanders into a posh store on Rodeo Drive, only to be judged by the sales clerk who takes a glaring look at her and her skanky outfit. Vivian struggles to get help; humiliated by her experience, she leaves. It’s a cliche example of being judged based on one’s appearance. Whether it’s right or wrong, without knowing her story, we make one up instead. The rules are straightforward, judge first, ask questions later, or at least that’s been my experience in the past. I know, I know, we want to think of ourselves as flawless humans, to the contrary, we’re not.
“Judgmental or Jealousy?”
I’ve experienced judgement on both sides, more recently on the receiving end and that’s not to say I haven’t been judgmental myself. I’m human too! It’s catching yourself in the act and choosing not to go there. Vivian’s experience is typical, but judgment goes beyond one’s appearance. My recent run-ins have been more to do with how I live my life. Go figure. Apparently, I live in a world of first world problems so I should be okay somehow with being judged. Let me just say, everyone has a story, and without a PR person attached to your hip, the “story” can get misrepresented. I am where I am today because I worked my ASS off! And no, I wasn’t climbing any corporate ladders, but there were plenty of hurdles. Then out of nowhere, life throws me a curveball and, from that moment on, everything I knew or worked towards came to a grinding halt. To say, or to JUDGE me, that I somehow have had an easy or pampered life could not be further from the truth! I try not to take these comments to heart, but every once in a while, the teflon sticks. I’m not looking for sympathy, nor is this a “woe is me” moment. If anything, I’m guilty of hiding behind my smile and saying nothing.
“Don’t Take Anything Personally. Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.” – Miguel Ruiz
Someone recently said to me, “your life is so easy, what worries could you possibly have?” My initial thought was, F*U!! Choosing not to go down that rabbit hole, I gave a polite response, which thankfully shut them up. The truth is, I worry a lot, but it’s my glass is half full optimism that gets me through shit. So, what are my worries, you ask? Where do I start? Where does anyone start these days? Without getting into the nitty-gritty, I have a few sleepless nights, some tears, not often but enough, I wouldn’t be human otherwise!
We should be able to live our most authentic selves, even in a new relationship. Naturally, there’s bound to be judgment issues that pop up along the way. I had a recent conversation with a friend who was excited about the purchase of a new winter coat. However, she hesitated to show her coat to her new guy, worried what he might think. First of all, it should be enjoyed by you, not hidden somewhere because you think your guy will disapprove or judge you. Don’t let guilt, which weighs heavily on us, get in the way of something that makes you happy. It’s their problem, not yours; if anything, your guy should love it on you and not question your decision. After all, it’s a frick’n winter coat, not a Hermes handbag! And if it is a Hermes handbag, AWESOME!! All kidding aside, it shouldn’t matter what the item or situation is; it’s irrelevant. There are many great lessons in this thing called life. If we don’t strive to be better, then what’s the point of it all?
“Be impeccable with your word. Don’t take anything personally. Don’t make assumptions. Always do your best.” – Miguel Ruiz