Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Nice

You are probably, for the most part, a pleasant person to be around.  You have friends! You care about the well being of those around you!  It's possible you even, on occasion go out of your way to be helpful.

Why do you do that?

I have no idea.

This is the problem, I've decided, with my whole life.

I'm not a people person.  Every conversation is awkward.  Every social interaction ends in cringing.

I know how I'm supposed to behave.  I do it when I have to (badly).  

And it is SO MUCH WORK!  OMG! Pretending I give a shit about other people's problems is exhausting.  Listening to words come out of mouths and formulating an acceptable response is harrowing.

So, I've come up with the PERFECT solution!!

It is now my mission to become a nice, normal person.

What, like it's hard?

I'm no longer going to put on a fake smile and nod my head.  I'm going to LEARN to care about your problems.  What's more, instead of running away at my earliest possible convenience, I will teach myself to genuinely want to help you out!!

That's totally possible, right?

I asked MrSuperFantabulous how he does it because he's been known to do a nice thing or two.

"HOW ARE YOU NICE TO PEOPLE!"

"Well, first of all I DON'T YELL AT THEM FOR NO REASON!"

I stared, impatiently waiting.  Then I put a smile on my face because that's my new thing.

"Why are you nice? Why do you do things for other people?" I said, nicely.

"I guess so they'll like me."

That's the secret to niceness that I've been missing all these years?  I have to CARE that people LIKE me then I will DO things for them so they'll LIKE me.

Is that it????  

So simple.  I was worried you had to actually LIKE people to motivate yourself to DO nice things for them.  

As long as you're just worried about them LIKING you, it's easy.

DOING NICE THINGS FOR PEOPLE COMMENCING!

YOU WILL LIKE ME!! YOU WILL REALLY LIKE ME!!