FLAUNTING? Marilyn Armstrong

Some people like to flaunt stuff.

They get a new car and they want to make sure every single person they know — or almost know, or might know in the future — see it. Most of us like to show off new stuff, but we have limits. We don’t show off everything and we don’t do it all the time.

Along the Atlantic …

I think of those who flaunt as people who wear and use bright colors. I’m not one of the them. I get uncomfortable if too many people notice me. I’ve stopped wearing most large jewelry because I don’t want people to see it or comment on it.

It’s just a thing. To each his own, but that isn’t my way.

But I do like having work I write read. Does that count? And having pictures looked at, too. That’s sort of flaunt-ish, right?

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. Retired! Yay!

20 thoughts on “FLAUNTING? Marilyn Armstrong”

  1. Interesting topic. When I got my brand-spanking new Challenger rag top in ’69, I really wanted to flaunt it. My first car and it was a thing of beauty to me in all its garish shiny Orange. I remember driving to your house to show off my car. Jeffrey looked at it and said, “JESUS, Armstrong!”. I don’t think he was impressed. I was crestfallen.

    I usually don’t flaunt.

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  2. There’s a fine line between flaunting and taking pride in something. As you point out, the first involves a lot of preening, to everyone within range, and sometimes is about something that nobody is impressed with. The second is where you might fall. IMHO, it’s okay to be proud of good work. And you’re not pressing (heh) your stuff or viewpoint on anyone you can find, on-line or off. So there’s that. Take pride.

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  3. You never flaunt, Marilyn. Have your work seen liked and respected is to my mind completely different. If you were flaunting it, you would be pushing it on others with the intent of proving your better. You are just you, and great! Your works speak for themselves.

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  4. All bloggers want to be read. I know of only two blogs I follow that do not have a Like button or a comment button. I think that we each have something to add to the world, so it is not flaunting, it is gifting. Nice post.

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  5. I’m with Embeecee. Flaunting is not the same as having the right to be proud of your talent and your accomplishments. You proudly display your work, Marilyn, but I can’t say that you flaunt it. You do it in a quiet way that says, “See what I’ve done? You can do it, too!”. Flaunters shout, “Look what I’ve got! You’ll never catch up to me!” I’d be very disappointed if you didn’t take pride in your photography and your writing, and totally pissed if you didn’t share them with the rest of us.

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    1. I suppose that’s really the thing with things like writing and photography — and other arts. If no one sees it, is it art? Isn’t that like the tree falling in a forest where nothing can hear it? Writing is meant to be read and art to be seen. Music to be heard. If no one sees or hears it, then it’s just a diary. But I also try really hard not to think so highly of myself that I forget that every post isn’t going to be great or every photograph perfect. Good enough usually IS good enough. It’s wise to remember is 😀

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      1. I believe it’s art, whether anyone sees it or not. And your photos are way more perfect than those published by many of the rest of us. But I agree, it’s way more fun if there’s some feedback from someone who appreciates the artist’s work. Hell, I get one “like” (probably from one of those @gmail followers), and I get all excited.

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  6. I have reached the point in my life where being less visible suits me just fine. That’s one of the reasons I blog anonymously. I dress in a way that doesn’t attract attention, and my behavior…in public, anyway…rarely gets me any notice. I suppose that I have “evolved” to be more of an observer than a participant. And I kinda like it that way.

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