This I Believe

Katie - Indian Head Park, Illinois
Entered on March 1, 2007
Age Group: Under 18
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I Believe in Embarrassing Moments

I believe in embarrassing moments. Everyone has them and no one can escape them. There are just some people who are more embarrassment prone than others, like myself. I’ve had a great deal of embarrassing moments that I often was ashamed of , regretted, and thought of myself as stupid for committing such a klutzy move or making a dumb comment.

One of my most pronounced embarrassing moments occurred just last week. I was in my Chemistry class right after lunch where I had just eaten sugary food and goofed around with my friends, who only heightened the sugar that sent my whole body into what felt like an electrical buzz. My mouth was endlessly blurting out random things and telling stories and ideas until even I didn’t know what I meant. The bell rang for class to start and my body was still rushing with energy. I could not stop giggling and neither could my class. The teacher scolded us politely and asked us to all settle down, but our laughs continued to come out. We tried to muffle the chortles but some came out as snorts which got us all into a riot again.

About five minutes later, the class had finally stopped chuckling and began taking notes on polar molecules, but that thrill was still in the air. The teacher explained to the class, “The molecule is a dipole. Separate it di-pole. Di-” and she paused. Since I was not thinking properly with the surge of excitement going through my head, I blurted out, “Di!” Apparently, we were not supposed to repeat it, and the class, including myself, was sent into an uproar of laughter. This came to waste another five minutes of class but for the rest of the period I would think about what I had just done and snicker.

Looking back on what I had done, I think, “Yeah, that was pretty embarrassing,” but I don’t regret it like I used to. I figured out that if I put myself down after an embarrassing moment, it opened a door for others to make fun of me too. Now, I just laugh at myself thinking about really how embarrassing that moment was. I guarantee that some people will remember that one moment for awhile but it won’t make a huge impact in my or their lives. So why not just laugh at myself for now? And by the time I’m old and look back on my years as a high school student, I’ll have the fond memory of having a bunch of laughs thanks to all of my embarrassing moments.