I’m awkward, like seriously awkward. I get self-induced neck rashes from nerves, my ears get red when I get defensive (no idea WHY) and I’m a natural when it comes to having zero conversational restraint [aka word vomit]. Today’s Daily Prompt has me thinking: Is awkward the new black?
All my life I’ve sort of been reminded that I’m a little bit odd, either my parents causally stating it or my coworkers or friends reactions when I would tell them how I handled a situation.
When I was 17 I was texting a guy who was hot stuff. As most young women do, I showed my friends the conversation that he and I were having, and I will never forget their reactions.
“oh my god, who says that”
“all you needed to do was say: not too much, you?’ “
“I have never replied to a message like that *head shake * “
I remember thinking why shouldn’t I reply to the persons questions, they did after all ask me how I’m doing. Just to give you an idea of how things unraveled, it went something like this
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Him: Hey, how’s it going?
Me: Hey, good good how about you?
Him: Good thanks, what’re you up to today?
Me: Just went for a long run, had a shower, I’m about to crush a hamburger and fries and then I’m going to a friends house for a party, what about you?
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Apparently, telling someone what you’re doing/did when they asked wasn’t the normal answer, this was all unbeknownst to me. But most recently I’ve noticed that the tables have turned. As I’ve gotten older I’ve begun to notice that people find awkwardness endearing, cute even. The concept is all very new to me.
I mean, I understand that this article isn’t quite what you’re used to seeing on ciekaikai but I wanted to let you know why I think awkward is making a come-black.. get it haha.
As per the Merriam Webster Dictionary, awkward is defined as:
1a: lacking dexterity or skill (as in the use of hands)
- I’m awkward with a needle and thread.
b: showing the result of a lack of expertness
- an awkward attempt
- awkward pictures
2a: lacking ease or grace (as of movement or expression)
- awkward writing
3a: lacking social grace and assurance
- an awkward newcomer
b: causing embarrassment
- an awkward moment
4: not easy to handle or deal with: requiring great skill, ingenuity, or care
- an awkward load
- an awkward diplomatic situation
So many ways to understand the word. But my understanding of it is this: different, quirky, abnormal. I think the reason this shift has been made, to like the strange or awkward, is because it’s different and unexpected. You’re almost appreciating that person in a new way, in a way you haven’t had to appreciate or understand previous people. It’s more fun, it’s more of a roller coaster than a flat road. You get to experience life in a different way; sometimes even, with the help of the awkward and abnormal people in our lives, we might just get to experience it through their eyes. (that wasn’t supposed to rhyme)
I don’t know about you, but to me, experiencing life in a different way sounds like it could be pretty fun.