Amanda: My most embarrassing moment involved me flashing my underpants to a whole bunch of people at my high school.
Stacey: I embarrass myself nearly every day! I’m a bit of a klutz and that can be pretty embarrassing. I once tripped and fell onto a complete stranger in the street! He was pretty nice about it, but I felt pretty silly.
Daniel: A personal favourite was my Year Ten school photo. I was on the TOP row, felt really sick, and started turning green. The photographer noticed and made me come down in front of my whole year while he elevated my feet and told me to take deep breaths. My green and red face was immortalized in the school photo that year so I will never forget.
Glen: In primary school I had a whole afternoon of embarrassment–I split my pants right around during lunchtime. I couldn’t do anything about it until I went home at 4:30pm so I had to spend the afternoon at school and after school with my underpants hanging out of my split pants.
Olivia: Mine would have to be when I was traveling overseas and all my bags went tumbling off my trolley while going down the escalator because I didn’t see the sign. I broke several possessions and my glass bottle of drink spilt everywhere.
There are a number of classic reasons for having an embarrassing moment.
Firstly, tripping over and landing flat on your face. Normally, this is due to a lack of focus or being distracted. Keep an eye out for where you are going and what you are doing and you will be fine.
Secondly, having embarrassing information about you being made public knowledge. Whether it’s about your family, a guy you like or something silly you have done, make sure you tell private things only to trustworthy people, and you won’t have to worry about that information getting out.
Thirdly, clothes and shoes can often be a source of embarrassing moments–when your TOP is on back to front, your buttons aren’t matching up, or the zipper on your pants is down–there is an easy way to eliminate these embarrassing and common mistakes. Get into the habit of checking your entire outfit before you leave the room and you will never be caught out.
Lastly, we all get our words mixed up sometimes. We sometimes say things before thinking about what we are saying. In order to prevent this make sure that you think about what you are about to say first–it’s better to take your time and say something worthwhile than to sound silly and you might even save yourself from hurting other people’s feelings in the future too.
While you can’t control how others will react to your embarrassing moment, you can control how you will react. The key to surviving the moment is to not freak out and show that you are aware that you’re being laughed at. To make it easier, try remembering these three pointers:
1) You’ll probably be laughing about it in a few days, so try to see the funny side of it right away.
2) If it’s something so humiliating that you know you’ll never laugh about it, understand that the pain is bound to fade over time.
3) Ask your friends to give you a break and not make fun of you. If you’ve done the same for them, they’re more likely to let it pass.