Modesty and humility are both traits that do not seem to be encouraged in today’s society. I know that I am always told that I need to be confident and let it show; I really do try, but it is out of character for me to behave in such a way.
I DO know that I am at least semi-intelligent, even if it does not always show. I am an admitted klutz with a propensity for tripping over cracks in the sidewalk on a near daily basis. My mind to mouth filter is faulty at best, which means that about half of what exits my lips is not particularly well thought out. All of these contribute to an image of me as a spazz as opposed to a semi-intelligent human being and, for the most part, this does not bother me much.
What DOES bother me is when I am straight up told that I am not as intelligent as someone. Not to be rude, but if you have to tell me you’re smarter than me, there is a VERY good chance that you’re not. I know I am not one of those outright intelligent girls. I don’t look the part, I don’t spout random phrases of brilliance, I don’t always think before I speak, but I still am at least SOMEWHAT smart. Smart enough to realize that when someone says that they’re smarter than I am, they are more than likely compensating for something. If you’re really that intelligent, you don’t need to sit there telling people about it. It speaks for itself.
That is not to say that I am particularly brilliant by any means. I think that measuring intelligence is starting to venture into iffy territory because there are so many facets to it. Some people who can learn calculus overnight lack the slightest semblance of people skills. We have IQ tests and the likes as a means of ‘measuring’ intelligence. Intelligence is as intelligence does and in the end, it is not so much about having the brain as it is about using it in a way that will be beneficial to those around you. A genius who does nothing with his or her life is every bit the failure that the idiot who does nothing with his or her life is; the genius actually may be worse because, supposedly, with enhanced intelligence comes higher awareness. Being intelligent and behaving in an intelligent manner are two vastly different things. Saying that you’re smart and genuinely being smart are two different things too. In the end, though, how smart you actually are is NOT what matters. What matters is that EVERYONE has a brain in his or her head and needs to USE it rather than worrying how superior it is to the brains of everyone else.