I'm proud of being a woman.
I'm proud of being a man.
I'm proud of having straight hair.
I'm proud of being Asian.
I'm proud of being black.
I'm proud of being born near a huge lake.
I'm proud of having long legs.
I'm proud of being born.
: the quality or state of being proud
: inordinate self-esteem
: a reasonable or justifiable self-respect
: delight or elation arising from some act, possession, or relationship
Does it make sense to be proud of something you had no influence over and nothing you ever did (intentionally or unintentionally)?
Why? Because of what the word 'pride' means - you are respecting yourself for something you did, achieved, you value yourself more because of your hard work.
If you're proud of owning a big house - because you worked hard and were able to buy it - makes sense.
If you're proud of having a healthy relationship with anyone - because of your hard emotional, psychological and physical work - makes sense.
If you're proud of being white just because you were born a certain skin color- complete nonsense.
You can be proud of anything you want - just realize how stupid it sounds when you say you're proud of something that you did absolutely nothing to achieve.
It seems as though the people who are often times proud of things they can't influence are the ones who pretty much can't be proud of much else in their lives. Those that take life as it comes and don't try to change it, don't make an effort to better themselves or feel the need to be more successful.
So - what are you going to be proud of, if you don't work towards any goals in life? Well - your skin color, of course, or maybe your insanely beautiful curly hair, because, guess what - that's better than admitting your life may not be the best it can be, and, in fact, you're not even working towards it being even the tiniest bit better...
No effort = no chance for improvement.