I Stink

Friday, May 24, 2013

Challenge: Your top three worst traits.

I don't mean to be self-deprecating, but really, I have a lot of bad traits. The hard thing is picking out my three worst. So, people may see this list and think, "What? She didn't think to mention [insert terrible thing I do here}?" Please do know that I am well aware of these bad traits, and they are something I work on daily.

1. I'm an interrupter. My mom taught me better. As a child, I knew to wait my turn to speak and not to interrupt when others were speaking. Sometimes it was hard though! My dad told me if I really wanted to say something to just raise my hand. Problem is that now that I'm an adult, I probably couldn't make it through a conversation without having to wave my hand wildly at least twenty times. Can you imagine how terribly annoying/awkward that would be? No one would speak to me again. I think I have a hard time differentiating when I am just adding to the conversation and when I'm just being rude. 

2. I have a lot of good intentions, but most never make it past the "intention" point. Sometimes I think, "You should send so-and-so a card just to let them know you're thinking of them." Or, "This person could probably use a cupcake right now." I will momentarily get really excited about doing something, and then I will get busy doing something else and I just put it off. I really really really admire those people who just go above and beyond in everything they do. I think that is a true gift.

3. I'm not a great conversationalist. I catch myself turning conversations back to me quite often. Please know that I am SO sorry if you're reading this and I have done that to you. I think I do it because I'm trying to show the other person that I know what they are going through and can relate, but I'm afraid it just turns into the "Karim Show." I once worked briefly with a girl who did this all.the.time. I wanted to record her and play it back because I could not believe how every single thing we talked about was turned back to her. It got to the point where it made me feel kind of uncomfortable, and I tried to avoid her if I could. I would hate to be that person. Oh, and adding to the whole conversation bit...I'm a terrible story teller. I'd explain that but I'd butcher that story, too. In my defense, I come from a family of really bad story tellers. 

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