Have you ever read an article about a weird personality trait or quirky way of thinking that you thought only you experienced? You have a woah moment of relief that you’ve found at least one other kindred soul, then another feeling sets in: normality. It’s so healthy to recognize that everyone has weird problems.
My weirdest problem (at the moment) is this. (Don’t skip the link or you’ll think I’m even crazier than I actually am.) Misophonia is when certain sounds drive you nuts. Common irritants (aka the ones that annoy me the most) are chewing, slurping, loud typing, gum snapping, and loud breathing. Odd, right? It definitely doesn’t make me sound like the most fun person at the party.
It’s one of those things that I never knew bothered anyone else until I stumbled upon a magazine or blog article years ago and breathed a huge sigh of relief. I found a soul-sister in Kelly Ripa when I spotted this cover on a tabloid stand a couple of years ago:
Whenever I get a little too worked up about a noise that’s bothersome to me (which usually only happens when I’m already stressing about something else) I take a moment to remind myself that I’m not the only one with problems. Sometimes stepping out of myself is the best thing I can do in a stressful situation. I have to recognize that I am the one with the quirky problem, not the innocent person chomping an apple or typing heavy-handedly on their laptop that I’m glaring at. Another solution has been noise-cancelling headphones… the only problem being that I’m kind of nosy and don’t like to miss out on any conversations that I might be able to insert myself into.
Although it can be fun to play the “world-revolves-around-me” game when you encounter a problem, sometimes the best thing you can do is search for others who have had similar experiences.
What’s your weirdest quirk? Can you top mine?