This entry inspired by the first item on the list:
1. People attempting to have a conversation with me while we are in the bathroom. In separate stalls. This happened to me earlier in the week, and I’m not sure why, but I just feel very awkward talking while I’m answering nature’s call. Can’t the conversation wait until we are washing our hands? Or better yet, out of the bathroom?
2. A room full of people I don’t know. I am an introvert, so therefore large group gatherings full of people I don’t know have the potential for causing me to break out in hives.
3. Making small talk with someone I just met. This is related to #2 in that #3 often occurs while in a room full of people I don’t know. I hate trying to think of things to say, and inevitably weather comes up. Why is weather such a universally-agreed-upon topic of conversation? I suppose it’s probably one of the only things that can’t offend anyone, unless you were to say, “Oh, you’re from Florida? I hear they have terrible weather there. All those hurricanes and stuff. Only nuts must live there.”
4. Standing ovations in church. I don’t think there’s anything inherently wrong with recognizing people for acts of service, but I just feel like if we’re going to be standing up and applauding, shouldn’t it be for Jesus and not anyone else?
5. Feeling obligated to stand up during a standing ovation. A few times I have remained seated during a standing O, but I usually guiltily rise with everyone else b/c I don’t want people to notice me not standing and think I’m a terrible person who doesn’t care about really good choir solos (or even not so good ones)..
6. Long silences. This will happen sometimes when I’m teaching. I’ll ask a question, and instead of a response all I get are blank faces. It must be because my questions are so thought-provoking and mind-boggling that they need time to collect their faults. Right? (Either that or they didn’t do the reading. But of course they did the reading.) I try to resist answering just to fill in the silence, but if it goes on too long, I just answer my own question.
7. Confrontations / conflict. I am a big wuss. I want everyone to be happy with me at all times. And they are. Except when maybe they’re not. I don’t like for people to be upset with me, so I’ll usually avoid conflict at all costs. I’m aware that this is not healthy, and I work on it (sometimes), but for now it’s still something I find very difficult.
8. Making phone calls to people I don’t know. This one is definitely revealing my unique quirkiness, but I have this phobia of calling people I don’t know or don’t see often. I hate making appointments for things like the eye doctor, the dentist, etc. I remember when I was in high school and my mom would ask me to make appointments for these things, and I would beg her to do it instead. And she usually would, until she finally put her foot down and insisted I make my own appointments. Can you believe that? I also hate ordering pizza on the phone. I don’t do it; Stephen does. Or he used to, until we began using online ordering.
I was hoping to have a list of 10 things just because that seems like a nice number, but I suppose it’s good that I could only think of 8. Perhaps more will come to mind later.
What makes you uncomfortable?