I love the Geico, “Happier Than a Camel on Wednesday,” commercial. In fact, most weeks I will post it for my friends on Facebook (much to their agrin) after 5 or 6 times of watching it before that. I don’t know why I love it so much. I just feel like by the time we get to Wednesday we need a pick me up, or at least I do. It is playful and gets the day started on the right foot and helps to get me past the mid-week slump. So, let’s get happier than a camel on Wednesday, shall we?
I lead a pretty routine life and I like that. I am not one that enjoys changes to my daily routine. It doesn’t bother me most of the time, but then sometimes I worry that I am developing anti-social behaviors. Of course I spend a lot of time with my family and husband, but as a woman there are additional friendships and interpersonal relationships that I desire, but why? Of course we could get into a great gender socialization debate, but we won’t, because it is extremely controversial and I don’t agree with it.
Is my new heightened awareness about my anti-social behaviors, not really that and is actually just masking itself as my intense desire to not change my routine ? I keep thinking this is it, because I love the idea of having a busy schedule with friends, but then when the time comes to do anything I start to panic.
I like controlled situations. I don’t like the unknown. Take my health for example, for close to 22 years of my life I lived the belief that going to the doctor doesn’t make things better, if I ignore it then things won’t change. What I have learned since then is that knowing sooner is better than waiting until things are too late. That by being proactive with my health I will see a great long-term result to my overall health and wellness. Sure do I poke fun that I go to the doctor every time I have a sniffle of bump, yes, but that has become a part of my safety belt to keep control of my life and avoiding change.
I also think that blogging and social media has been a great help to me, but is also keeps me in my comfort zone. I recently had to do an exercise to reach out to people in-real-life and had about three people I could call. If only I could have had my Twitter friends there. That’s the thing, I have many friends, sure I haven’t met many of them, but that is okay. I don’t think we are meant to only be friends with people based off their geographical location. Some of my best friends have been made through blogging and social media.
But I need to not use social media as a crutch to not try to develop more real life connections. I have to rechannel this anti-social behavior and try more. I need to connect with people. I need to not worry about them thinking I am awkward, even though in all chances I probably am. I can’t help that I have an awkward (or quirky as people seem to use to describe me) personality. As Dr. Suess says, “Those that mind don’t matter, and those that matter don’t mind.”
So to my few friends that I have neglected, I am sorry, I am going to be a better friend and try more. Because you accept me for all my quirkiness and know when to push me outside my comfort zone. I don’t appreciate you enough. So I will be better not only for me, but also for you.
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