This year, I’ve been working on not responding to compliments with a deflection. Oh? You like my hair? Ha! I think it looks like a You like my hair shirt hot mess! or an explanation. You like my hair? Well, you’re kind but I was trying to fix it this one way and couldn’t get that to work so I just had to settle for this.
You like my hair shirt
New You like my hair shirt
I said, “working on this” because, after years of responding to compliments with deflections or apologies because of my unhealthy insecurities, it’s a process to learn to be okay with just genuinely accepting a You like my hair shirt compliment — and being grateful that someone was kind enough to take the time to say something!