It caused Odysseus to lose his men. It made Brad Pitt repeatedly ask “what’s in the box?” It’s the reason Simba came back. Pride. Bring proud is often looked down upon as a character flaw. But, we have to remember that there is a fine line between pride and hubris. There is nothing wrong with being proud of what you have accomplished. Yet it is just accepted by society to be as humble as possible. Unless you’re Lord Disick, in which case there can be no amount of pride too large.

Being a student in a reasonably competitive school can bring out the best in people, and the worst. It is one thing to work hard for your own pride: to get a high GPA and to graduate with honors. If you accomplish something like that and you aren’t proud of yourself, you probably have a disassociate personality disorder and not even I can help with that.

So what’s the problem? It is as if the world expects us to be as humble and meek as possible when discussing our own successes, but wants us to broadcast our failures. I hear it all the time around campus. People will judge you if you fail, but then they judge you if you talk about your success. It seems like you can’t win. And we could just end here with the truth that people suck and you’re probably better than most of them. But I don’t think that’s enough. If I succeed, especially for something that I worked hard for, I want to celebrate, share it with my friends, and be proud. And the average C student sitting next to me and history can suck it if she doesn’t want to hear about the A I got on the exam. You have to stick up for yourself and your pride. The important thing is to be proud of yourself, for yourself. No one

Life is a struggle. It always has been and always will be. If I find myself doing well on one simple thing in the crap-storm we call life, you better believe I’m going to scream it from the mountain tops. My best friend got a great job? You’re probably going to hear about that, too, because I am proud. My cat did a great job cleaning her coat today? Expect a Tweet about that. Pride gives us the encouragement we need, the hope that it will get better, and the motivation to continue to work hard. Except in the case of Justin Bieber. Some self-loathing could do that boy some good.

Listening to someone talk about how great they are will always be better than reading some self-repugnant tumblr post. I don’t care who you are. You have done something to be proud of. So, instead of sitting back and not saying a word for the sake of modesty, speak up! Light up social media with your accomplishments. Paint your face on the rock. Just go on with your bad self. And if someone passes judgment on you, just give them the Chloe look and go about your day. That’s how I solve all of my life’s problems.