Saturday, March 28, 2015

You're Not The Only One Who Does "Stupid" Things

You might think you’re the only one who does stupid things. You might feel like “everyone else” is smarter or wiser or “has it together” more than you do.

You might have told a joke at work that none of your co-workers laughed at; instead, they looked at you like you were a weirdo or something.


You might have waved at the guy smiling towards you across the room, just to find out that he was in fact smiling at the girl next to you.


You might have been at a seminar or conference, in a room full of serious professionals, and the next thing you know, a fart escapes…a loud one.


You might have been among a group of associates and suffer an embarrassing bout of I-can’t-remember-but-I-should amnesia when you’re trying to introduce one of your co-workers to someone who just walked up but for the life of you, you can’t remember his or her name.


You might have been at a social event, where everyone seems dressed in their finest linens and you’re doing your best to “fit in” and make a great impression, only to be informed by one of the patrons of the event that your pants zipper is wide open.


More examples include tripping over yourself in public, or unknowingly having Spinach stuck in your teeth during a conversation with a guy or gal you like, or walking around with toilet paper stuck underneath your shoe, or asking someone you just met when they’re due to have their baby only to find out they’re not actually pregnant…the list could go on forever.

You might think you’re the only one you know that “stupid” things ever happen to. You might think you’re the only one you know who just can’t seem to get it together. You might think you’re in it alone.

Well, today I intend to shift your perception on the matter. Today, I intend to prove to you that in fact, you’re wrong – you’re not the only one who does stupid things and no, you’re not the only who sometimes wonders, “what on earth is up with me?” Today, I want to tell you about the time I peed on myself…in public.

You’re probably thinking, “What’s the big deal? That happened to me when I was in Kindergarten!” I can understand that. However, our experiences might be a tad bit different. While this probably happened to you when you were around 5 or 6, this happened to me in my 20s. While this might have happened to you back in Kindergarten, this happened to me LAST WEEK.

You see, what had happened was

It was a busy work day and I had started the day in a pretty somber mood (I was having one of those moments when I was more focused on the things that I “felt” were going wrong in my life – be careful of deceptive feelings, folks – rather than having gratitude for all that is right). Around 2pm, I felt “nature calling” and made my way to the nearest restroom. I entered one of the stalls and got myself in proper position - I’m sure you get my drift. Everything should have been fine. I mean I’ve only used the restroom THOUSANDS of times before. But, something went terribly wrong. I aimed and missed…Instead of hitting the toilet bowl, like I’ve been known to successfully do in the past, I hit my legs, pants, and shoes instead! Huh? I was so angry. You should have seen my face. I remember thinking, “Adaeze, what type of nonsense is this? Are you a child?”

I guess so.

I was already having a “bad” day and this just made me feel even lower. I then proceeded to do the best napkin and water clean-up I could do under the circumstances. It was of little help. And to make matters worse, I couldn’t just go home and take a shower like I desperately wanted to do; instead, I had to remain at work for another 5-6 hours! Ah! It was miserable…especially since I was super anxious about it and felt like everyone around could smell pee on me (of course that would be the day I didn’t carry my bottle of perfume in my handbag like I usually do, lol). I spent the rest of the day just counting down the minutes until I could make it home and take off my ridiculously itchy pants. Needless to say, I was the happiest girl when work was over. I practically ran to the parking lot, got into the car, did my best not to speed, and once I made it home, made a beeline for the shower. I was so grateful for hot water that day lol.

Note to self: Next time, aim with precision Adaeze. Precision counts!

Are you laughing?

Go ahead. You should.

That’s why I’m telling you this so-embarrassing-I’d-rather-not-share story (seriously, I had ZERO DESIRE to share it initially). The reason I’m sharing it is because I eventually ended up laughing at myself later on that evening about the ridiculousness of what happened and figured I should write about it because you might need a good laugh too. And more importantly, I’m telling you this story so that you can realize that while you might think you do the most stupid and ridiculously embarrassing things, or that everything in your world feels like it’s falling apart, there are still folks (namely ME) doing rather foolish and embarrassing things at the same time too.

So, whenever you feel like you’ve done something “too stupid” or “too embarrassing”, and you feel like you can’t handle one more blunder, just remember that a 28-year old Nigerian blogger named Adaeze peed on herself in the bathroom at work last week. That should bring you some much-needed relief and encouragement to keep on going.

Until next time :)
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  1. Awww what a day! I can't begin to imagine the frustration of that day. I'm glad you can laugh about it now. I was able to resonate with some of the above scenarios.

    Lovely post!

  2. Loolll too funny! Though I can totally see why anyone would be mortified in that situation. and Lol @ "call of nature" absolutely hilarious!