Here’s an awful thought: pretty much none of us have experienced our last embarrassing moment yet. Just when we get lulled into a false sense of security that we’re safe from cringing at ourselves, something is going to come along and make us so mortified that we’ll be ready to let the ground swallow us up.
It isn’t nice, but we also can’t spend our entire lives living in fear of the next time that we’re going to get humiliated. That’s what allows social anxiety to blossom, and that’s the last thing we need. Also, sometimes our embarrassment can be a useful teaching moment. We wouldn’t always know any better if these things didn’t happen.
However, some people never learn. That’s why there are so many terrible instances of cringe scattered across the internet. While it doesn’t feel great to admit it, they are often amusing as they are awful. It’s best consumed in small doses only.