My mom and dad are complete opposites. My mom is talkative and outgoing. She can have a conversation with anyone about anything. Her conversations are always natural and seamless, with no awkward pauses. My dad, on the other hand, is shy and reserved. Their differences became even more apparent at my dad’s office party. While there, I was struck with how bad at socializing my dad is. He barely talked to any of his co-workers, mainly having conversations with my mom, my sister and I the whole time. Other than playing tennis with two other people he works with, he didn’t really make an effort to talk to his co-workers.
At first I felt bad for my dad and I was a little annoyed. I was like, “Come on, Dad! Talk to these people.” Then I realized something: this is where my awkwardness comes from. And maybe awkwardness is just another thing that my dad and I share, just like our love of Family Guy and chocolate. Perhaps our awkwardness adds to our already strong bond.
I then started to think about all the other wonderful qualities my dad has, like his sense of humor. He is the funniest person I know. If I can make him laugh, I feel accomplished. He is super smart! He is hardworking and determined. But most importantly, my dad is a genuinely nice person. When I was younger, he used to let me use his shirt as a tissue if there weren’t any nearby. Albeit disgusting, if that’s not selflessness than I don’t know what is. If I got my awkwardness from my funny, determined, smart and kind dad, then I would be so lucky if some of his other wonderful qualities have been passed down to me as well.
So think about your own awkwardness and where it might stem from and maybe, like me, you will get a better appreciation for it.