I am odd. I recognize this … try to keep it from spilling on anyone else … but sometimes fail. I have found, that most of the time you can find someone that has either the same oddities, or something equally as odd if you’re just willing to share about them..
But, there’s nothing worse than that awkward silence when you say something and everyone looks at you like you are nuts. Example: When I was teaching at a school in St. Louis, several of us ate lunch together everyday. We had done this for a year or two. We knew each other well. But one day, somehow in the conversation I said, “Well you know, everyone thinks of killing themselves at least once in their life.” Hmmm … apparently not everyone. I coudn’t believe how they looked at me. For awhile after that they seemed to look at me with a sort of cautionary glare.
Some of my oddities have to do with being claustrophobic. I can be claustrophobic in relationships, movies, conversations, and even certain clothes. I find I can fix most of my claustrophobic attacks by just taking off my socks. I used to cut the toes out of my socks so that I could breathe easier. I’m so much more mature now, that it’s no longer necessary to destroy every pair of socks I own. Actually, I just started buying my shoes 1/2 a size bigger and it helped.
One week, while in a conversation with some ladies, I realized I had only been eating things that started with “P”. It hadn’t been on purpose but odd none the less. I listed off the items in my cabinet: peanut butter, pop tarts, pizza, popcorn, pretzels and pasta. I was excited to realize I had also eaten chicken … no “P” … until it was called “poultry”. Rats!
I always have to have something to drink … preferably in a styrofoam cup. Once I left my cup and was driving to someones house. I was in the car about 15 minutes. I reached for it at least 4 times … and swear I was dehydrated by the time I got there. I felt so lost without out it … almost panicky.
I’m finding that our little oddities are really what make us unique. Freakishly unique, but unique nonetheless. So embrace your oddities and share them with us please.