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On Being a Bad Ass…

certifiedbadassHave you ever noticed the contradiction in how we approach confidence and braggadocio? While we harp consistently on being confident, we also warn against bragging. From my experiences, bragging usually occurs when someone doesn’t have any real proof of their badassness. However, there’s some of us out here that should stop every now and again to toot our own horns. Why?  Well, there’s several reasons, but for the sake of keeping this short, here’s two major reasons. For one, we’re living in a world where people are stingy with their heartfelt compliments.  Even if they feel a certain beautiful way about you, they’ll reserve their expression of these sentiments for fear of appearing vulnerable or because they think it will go to your head….which is rather lame, yes? So, to counter the obvious accolades you deserve from others, make a list of what makes you Great and speak on it from time to time to make yourself feel better about YOU.  Another major reason to applaud your badassness is when your hard work is paying off despite all of the obstacles and hurdles that you keep enduring.

It takes a Bad Ass to press forward in spite of all of the discouraging things that stand in the midst of achieving. When you’re waking up with each God-given day and working towards your dreams and goals, then you have a right to sit down, at any given moment, and celebrate your badassness. Trust me, if you have the right handle on Life, humility is a standard feature because being a Bad Ass doesn’t mean you’re embodying perfection.  It doesn’t mean that you’re above reproach at all, but you should appreciate your badassness on the regular so you won’t lose sight of your gifts and yield to the indifference of the world.  So from one Bad Ass to the Bad Asses that are reading this, here’s to you and your Awesomeness, that special something that makes who you are in this world. Never apologize for it.

“I’m so hip, even my errors are correct.” — from the poem Ego Trippin by Nikki Giovanni


About Chandra Kamaria

Chandra Kamaria is a playwright, essayist, culture maven, educator, entrepreneur, and activist. To learn more, visit


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