For the most part, I'm a pretty shy person. I can be socially awkward, not quite sure of what to say, and usually avoid conversations at work other than a sweet smile and a quick, "Hey, how are ya?"
I think for this reason, I'm an easy target. People like to mess with me - they always have. When a group of friends or co-workers start throwing out their best comebacks and one-liners, I usually listen and laugh, but if someone starts to give me a hard time, I usually struggle to find the right words to shoot back with. I'm like Brick from Anchorman when he says, "Where'd you get your clothes... from the... toilet store?"
Am I alone in this smack-talk insecurity?
I seem to recall a fight I had with a girl in my high school cafeteria when I was just a freshman. She was upset her ex-boyfriend was now dating me, and went off with all sorts of catty language, like she studied it or something. I got red-faced and shaky, and even though I wanted to sound like a smooth talking bad-ass, all I could respond at the top of my lungs was, "WELL, YOU'RE A B****!"
Just last weekend at the bar, some creep was coming up with every sexual joke he could to make me and my friends uncomfortable. One of the girls was busting his balls like a champ for the whole crowd to hear, and it was awesome. He obviously thrived off of it, and then asked her, "Which one of your friends should I mess with next?" I immediately looked around the room avoiding eye contact thinking, "Dear God, please not me."
I like to think I'm charming most of the time, but every once in a while I need a little sass in my step. I know it sounds silly, but just when I add some leopard to my outfit I instantly feel more powerful, confident, and sure of myself. I mean, who messes with a girl wearing animal print, right?
Top, Jeans >> Forever 21 | Scarf >> Payless | Boots >> Target
I do envy those women who are quick-witted and ready to pounce at any moment. Even though I probably won't be getting into cat fights or busting balls any time soon, it helps to just look the part and feel bold in an outfit, even though I'm more sweet by nature.