Awkward Habits I Should Stop Doing In Public
It happened on the plane ride home last week. Nestled in my confining airline seat, but enjoying the extra room being one row removed from first class allows, I descended into deep thought. I have spent most of my life as an only child. Because of this I am perfectly comfortable and sometimes prefer being alone. I learned to amuse myself through my imagination and I like to believe that being an only child laid the fertile ground for my imagination to flourish, and that greatly impacts the writer I am today. When you are used to being alone, it can be awkward when you act that way when you are in public.
So there I was thinking on the plane, but with an added twist. I have a bad habit of cocking my head to the side and furrowing my brow when I am deep in thought. Think of Zach Braff during his daydream sequences in Scrubs. I was doing this when the person seated next to me tapped me on the shoulder and asked me if I was OK. the look on her face was a mix of concern and a dawning realization she may be seated next to a crazy person.
This is not the first time that someone has called me on my “quirks.” Another side effect of being an only child is that I sometimes said my thoughts aloud just to hear a human voice. I can’t tell you how many times in the past few months someone has walked into my dorm elevator to catching me talking to myself. Yes, I am THAT girl.
These are habits I have had most of my life and I am trying to eradicate them so people don’t think I am crazy. Any advice or tips? Or should I just add that to the list of awkward things I love about myself, especially since my family and friends don’t seem to mind my “quirks?”
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