On a scale from Taylor Swift to Kristen Stewart, how socially awkward are you? Personally, I’m more of a T-Swift type of awkward, you know the kind that gets really awkward when things don’t go as planned or when it gets suddenly too tense and uncomfortable for one to bear. I get sweaty palms, I stutter and I can’t look anyone in the eyes without feeling like a nervous wreck with a hysterical hyena laugh. And obviously my days (as anyone else’s I suppose) are just a succession of uncomfortable moments and things that don’t go as planned.
For instance I had to order pizza on the phone and my network was unusually weak. When ordering, the guy wasn’t hearing me properly and off course my network chose the precise moment after I gave away my phone number so they could retrieve my information (such as my address) to go off, thus causing the phone to hang up, and leaving me with no other choice but to call back. Absolute disaster! Sweaty palms made the phone slip from my hands, and my stutter made it so difficult for the poor man to understand what I was saying that he was most certainly beginning to think this was some amateur prank pulled by a 10 year-old. My normally rich vocabulary was reduced to, “So…um…yeah.”
Now, on a normal basis, meaning when I don’t interact with other members of my species, I am the kind of girl who can pull of some sweet dance moves in the supermarket just because an awesome song is blaring out of the speakers, not minding for a single moment who might witness the scene. I do the same thing at clubs. But for some reasons when comes the time to do my human being duties like talking to another human being, if something unexpected comes up I will get into a defense state, shut down and get awkward.
Does it happen to you? How do you deal with it?