I think people have gotten the word "humbled" and "proud" mixed up. When you feel good about an accomplishment, you are proud. When you feel like nothing compared to people you esteem highly, then you are humbled. Funny how people often post how they are "humbled" when they mean the exact opposite.
The dictionary defines the verb humble as lowering someone in dignity or importance. To feel humbled means to feel lowered in dignity or importance. You feel undignified and unimportant. Like nothing. I don't know about other people, but when I win an award or receive acclaim for my work, I do not feel like nothing. I feel pretty good. Too good. Proud, even.
Here are some things you will not see people say online:
- Proud to be considered the worst designer of 2017!
- Feeling profoundly important to have lost 68 followers in the last week!
- I feel very dignified to have a one star rating (out of five) and mostly negative reviews on my podcast!
- Somebody call the ego police! I got zero compliments on any art I created ever!
I think you get my point. Is there anything wrong with just saying you're proud when that's the way you feel?