Sunday, June 23, 2013

Day Three: Things that make me uncomfortable

I think the point of this topic is to talk about social situations that make me uncomfortable.  I was having a hard time thinking of anything, so I started listing articles of clothing that are uncomfortable. Can anyone say, BORING POST? Yeah. So I thought about it some more and came to the conclusion that I used to be made uncomfortable by a lot of things that don’t bother me any longer.

I used to feel awkward when people would cry or tear up in front of me. For some reason, I associated crying with emotions that should only be expressed in private. That has really changed a lot. At this point of my life, I’m more likely to start crying WITH you if you cry in front of me.  I don’t like crying, of course, but I think it helps me to be more relatable when I’m not the only dry eye in the room.

It used to make me really uncomfortable when people around me would use foul language. It certainly doesn’t bother me like it used to. Let me just say, I think cussing is a waste of breath. (I could easily get up on my soap box about WHY and maybe I will someday!) I do NOT like it when people cuss around me. I don’t think it is acceptable behavior. However, it doesn't cause me embarrassment any longer. When I think about that, I don’t like the fact that cussing doesn’t make me as uncomfortable as it did in the past. I think that shows a desensitization of which I am not proud. On the other hand, part of loving people as they are and having relationships based on more than just agreement in all areas of life is accepting people as they are - “warts and all” as my mom always says.  

Something that STILL makes me uncomfortable is any statement of racial prejudice. This “uncomfortable” isn’t the same as the “awkward” feeling I used to have in the above instances. It’s more like it lights an angry spark that involuntarily opens my mouth and pushes out words of defense for the offended party (despite the fact that the offended party is never actually present). This doesn’t seem like a good thing, but I’m only stating fact here! 

So now you know two things that used to make me feel uncomfortable but don't any longer and one thing that still makes me really uncomfortable!

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