After writing two posts about how challenging it was to downsize and move, I wanted to write about how absolutely wonderful everything in my life is right now. But… I hesitated. Why is it that we, as women, feel the need to play things down?
I was taught not to “toot my own horn.” I was also taught not to complain because “half the people you tell don’t care, and the other half will think you deserve it.”
The sad truth is, societal expectations of women still place a high-value on modesty and collaboration. Many women see self-promotion as “bragging, egotistical, a guy’s game.” We want to be relatable. We want to make those around us comfortable so we wait to be noticed, but by doing so, we miss out on opportunities and end up feeling bad about ourselves.