Occasionally, one finds themselves making accidental eye contact with someone. Usually it’s fine, but then you have those socially awkward days where this happens instead: they smile politely at you – mostly likely realizing that you were just spacing out, or simply glancing around when the offending eye contact occurred – and instead of smiling back and moving on with your life you look away really quickly, but then your brain WON’T STOP MAKING YOUR EYES LOOK AT THEM and then somehow you end up looking at them 20 million times out of some bizarre reflex?
You want to stop making eye contact with them so naturally you can’t stop glancing in their direction and making eye contact until finally you just have to leave the coffee shop because you can’t handle the shame anymore.
Ya, that’s never happened to me either.
I’ve never been betrayed like that by an awkward-eye-contact-neural-reflex-pathway rebellion in my brain.
I’m still recovering from life’s most recent curve balls – perhaps contributing to my recent bouts of social awkwardness – and one of things I do to cope when life throws right hooks is read things that make me laugh aloud.
Here’s something older that still makes me laugh so hard I cry every time I read it: The intoxicating effect of power by Allie Brosh over at Hyperbole and a Half.
I decided to share in case you needed a laugh too.