What does it take to compose an awkward moment? Do you embarrass easily? Perhaps, like me, you are you hard to fluster. If I am willing to talk to anyone about practically any subject, how could I become distressed from anyone’s words or actions?
memories of awkwardness
Just because I am candid and honest, doesn’t mean I don’t ever blush from embarrassment. How many of these scenarios can you relate to?
- exited public restroom with toilet paper stuck to my shoe
- worse yet, exited public restroom with skirt tucked into my tights (oops)
- inadvertently stretched and yawned loudly in the middle of a lecture
- fell asleep at the movies and either started snoring, drooling or both
- had uncontrollable gas while surrounded by people on all sides (best to have dog nearby to blame)
- couldn’t recall someone’s name when she clearly remembered mine
- spilled coffee all over shirt while on way to work
- woke up not knowing where I am or how I got there (OK, this one hasn’t happened in YEARS)
- friend/spouse/family member mistook something I said for something dirty
- violently sneezed in a library or somewhere else that is supposed to be quiet
spotting a trend here…
Something these factors all have in common is they are mostly uncontrollable. I find it amusing that it is the irrepressible that embarrasses me most. It somehow makes no sense that I would become agitated from things beyond my grasp but there it is.
I’ve repeatedly admitted that I cry easily (smearing makeup, runny nose, etc) trip over my own feet, and refer to myself as Mimi the lobster queen. I am impatient, have a potty mouth, as well I’m impulsive (at times anyway) and stubborn as the day is long. I have no problem owning any of these attributes, as they are largely brought on by choice.
personal growth through awkwardness
As a child, I was tall, lanky, big footed and completely awkward. I was extremely shy and would walk with my eyes averted so I would not have to engage others. Calling people on the phone was terrifying because I was afraid of sounding stupid.
I feared trying new things and meeting new people. Embarrassment came easily to me then. Since childhood, I have realized the beauty in imperfection. Thankfully I outgrew this uneasy phase blossoming into the self-assured MBA mermaid I am today.
tag! it’s your turn
What are the ingredients for your awkward moment? Please share your thoughts and stories about what you find embarrassing.
- This Could Be the World’s Most Awkward Bathroom (theatlanticcities.com)