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Day 3, Friday: Things that make you uncomfortable
I am uncomfortable when...
- people say the word "retarded." My sister is special needs, and I ma getting my Master's in Special Education, so this one just makes me cringe. And I get uncomfortable, because I want to say something, but I don't like a lot of confrontation. But, come on people...how many other adjectives in the English Language can we substitute so we don't use this derogatory term? Tons.
- I am wearing a bathing suit. I am really unhappy at my current weight, so I hate it when I have to wear one, but I truly love the water.
- when people ask me "so what do you do?" I work for the government, but it's not glamorous, and I am not using any of the degrees I earned. Joel's job is so exciting: he's an Engineer in the Air Force, so he's done humanitarian construction on three different continents, building schools, shelters, and hospitals. My job is nothing in comparison.
- when people ask me where I'm from. This sounds weird, but I was born in Indiana, moved to Germany for seven years, and now I live in the 'burbs of St. Louis. So I really don't know how exactly to answer this one. Doesn't help when Joel and I get asked that and he's from Oregon, blah, blah...
- when there is yelling or fighting. As stated above, I hate confrontation, so I get really quiet and nervous in situations like this.
- when I have crappy friends and want to sever the relationship. Also, when friends constantly flake on me, because I want to tell them I'm hurt, but you know...
- when I take a new class of any kind. Fitness classes, especially. I feel like the new kid at school that has no business being there.