One of the more confusing things about life as a socially awkward person is... everything. What do I say? What don't I say? What do I do? What don't I do?
It is way too hard to learn how to behave like everybody else, so if I had it my way, we would just expand what we consider socially acceptable. Want to burp in public? Go for it. Want to tell someone you think their kid is ugly? No one one will judge you. Want to dress like Batman? Hell, I admire that.
Doesn't that sound like a better world to live in? Actually, don't answer that. Conversations scare me. And I'm not alone, either. Just look at how many things Redditors wish they could get away with doing in public, awkwardness be damned.
Saying you don't want to go to someone's funeral without being seen as rude/disrespectful. Funerals are far too expensive (to put one together) and often extremely sad and filled with people mourning instead of celebrating the person's life.
You can pay respects for the dead without going to a sad event with people who are usually awkward about death and you've probably only met most of them once or sometimes never depending on the person who died. I will send condolences and well wishes to the family, but the guilt trip culture surrounding funerals is ridiculous when death is different for everyone.
Running in public, like through the grocery store or other places while doing errands.
Not because I'm in a hurry, but because it's fun and it's something I miss from my childhood.
But hey, society's definition of what it means to be "awkward" changes over time, right? Let's not lose hope, fellow awkward people, because the tides may turn in our favor any day now.
If you were like pretty much everyone in the world, you were probably let down by the fact that Croatia didn't have their storybook ending in taking home first place in the 2018 World Cup. Sure, France had an amazing team and all that, and the contest's youngest MVP player, Mbappé, even donated all of his winnings from the tournament to charity—so I guess it's hard to be too upset with the competition's end result.
And even though everyone played their hearts out (except Egypt, I mean, they went again Saudi Arabia and the results were just embarrassing), there was a clear winner this World Cup and it actually wasn't even any of the teams. S
ure there's a first, second, and third place result, but all of those accomplishments pale in comparison to the wonderful memes that sprung up as a result of this glorious tournament.
More than a few were thanks to Brazil's Neymar.
I grew up in a marginally superstitious family who brought some beliefs and hocus-pocus superstitions from the old country. I couldn't make too much noise late at night for fear of attracting a "jinn." I couldn't point at cemeteries or stare into a mirror for too long or my face would become deformed, and heaven help me if I was ever mean to or disobeyed my parents or grandparents, because then I'd be looking at a cursed life that would ruin me until the day that I died.
But the idea of "back luck" or stepping on cracks, walking under ladders, or stealing a black cat's macchiato isn't something that my family really bought into. Sure, we believed in supernatural stuff and the idea that karma gets back around to mess with you or your kids, but "bad luck"?
No honey, it isn't luck that's ruining your life, it's an unseen species of metaphysical monsters that exist in a different plane we know little about—but they are mentioned in the Quran, so be careful!
There are phenomena so unfortunate that simply looking at images of them will cause the same bad luck to befall you. So on this Friday the 13th, gaze upon these pictures with extreme caution.