I honestly don’t know how I’ve manged to function in society in my arguably short, little life. Perhaps I really haven’t, for just when I think I’m doing okay, my awkwardness pops up to remind me I’m only kidding myself.
Maybe you and I have different ideas of awkward, but the following is a pretty good grasp on my take of the state. Can you relate?
Saying “hi” to someone but not even remotely looking in their direction. Wearing sunglasses helps deplete the weirdness, kind of.
Saying “hi” to someone who doesn’t appear to hear you. Either because they are totally lame and mean or they didn’t hear you because your greeting voice is way too quiet.
Holding a door open for someone walking behind you. Like way behind you. So close, yet so far away…
Waving back at someone when they… weren’t… waving at you. Cool.
Trying to hug someone when they aren’t prepared for it. Oh, sorry.
Trying to hug someone when they are trying to give you a high-five or a handshake. This also applies is the roles are reversed.
Accidentally staring at someone for too long or not staring at someone-not even looking at them-during an interaction.
Not knowing what to do with your arms or hands when standing.
Tripping over nothing-GRAVITY CHECK-and yet tripping over everything.
Laughing too long at a joke, funny or not. Haha… *coughs*
Small talk. Always.
And, my personal favorite, saying “goodbye” to someone and then proceeding to walk in the same direction as them for the next few minutes.
Sorry this kind of turned into one of those list articles. I’ll try to avoid that in the future. But probably not. I like lists. 🙂 Maybe you identify with some of these, all, or none. I pulled all examples from personal experience on the daily. Yet I’ve managed to survive… somehow…
In what ways are YOU lovably awkward?