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Take my own advice

It's an annoying feeling, feeling guarded. It bothers me when I can't relax around people. That was one of the signs my hospital job that I'd had for four years was going south, and was a factor in my leaving it in 2008; it was a BIG reason my job at the dog show company office in 2009 was making me crazy; and maybe now I'm more sensitive to that.

Lately I've found it hard to relax around certain in-person friends of mine.

Like seeks like, and I'm often drawn to intense people, so I have to tell myself: you can relax. You can often be intense but you don't HAVE to be. I sort of told myself this one particular time. I'm trying to remind, really remind, myself. And to be fair, I should also say this:

If you feel guarded around me, if you have trouble relaxing around me, tell me.

I know I can rub people the wrong way. I know I can confuse people. I've dealt with that. I've experienced life as me for long enough to know that I don't always handle that well. And I'm not as perverse as Andy Kaufman was where he, at some level, enjoyed causing that, enjoyed rubbing people the wrong way in the name of performance art, enjoyed being confusing.

To speak very generally, I want people to feel better (unless they're assholes who are mean to others, in which case, I'll, um, at least glare at them (cf. the many bad drivers I saw this week)). So I try to be there for people. This has sometimes worked: a friend who's known to have panic attacks has said he feels more relaxed around me, and that gave me a warm fuzzy feeling. But if the people I'm around feel spun up and unhappy, I'm likely to pick up on that and myself get spun up and unhappy. And I'm more likely to feel spun up and unhappy if I feel I'm contributing to that.

Let me know if I'm contributing to that. I'll do what I can to stop.

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docbrite
Aug. 6th, 2011 05:20 pm (UTC)
If I met you in person and had trouble relaxing around you, it would probably only be because I think you're hot. :-)
chris_walsh
Aug. 6th, 2011 05:25 pm (UTC)
*blushes* *grins*

Thank you, man.
docbrite
Aug. 6th, 2011 05:36 pm (UTC)
My sense of appropriateness, never strong, has completely fled now.
chris_walsh
Aug. 6th, 2011 05:52 pm (UTC)
It's OK, Doc. I can handle it.

P.S. I really do hope to meet you and Chris in person some day.
k2rider78
Aug. 7th, 2011 12:28 pm (UTC)
I don't know you personally, but I do know that most of the time when people are 'uncomfortable' around anyone or anything it is not really 'you' it is something in them that is triggered by something else.
chris_walsh
Aug. 7th, 2011 03:17 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I've been working through why I've felt this way about the particular friends I alluded to, and noticed how it jibed with certain issues I have. That's not for public consumption, but it helpe me figure out some stuff. Though I hope never to say "It's not you, it's me..."
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