How are you misunderstood? Let me count the ways.
People tell you to lighten up when you’re just trying to enlighten them.
People tell you to stop being so critical when you’re just making careful, thoughtful and thorough observations.
People tell you that you need to stop overthinking when you haven’t even begun to truly analyze the situation.
People tell you that you’re arrogant when you’re just desperate to find someone who can discuss the philosophy of William James. Doesn’t everyone love William James?
People tell you that you don’t know how to have fun when you’re having a ball reading Tolstoy.
People tell you to slow down when you’re already going at a painfully plodding pace.
People tell you that you’re OCD when you’ve painted your living room 12 times in the last 3 years, but you discern the difference between white, off-white, and off-off-white. And, you’re distressed when the color isn’t right.
People tell you that you’re lazy when you’re actually choreographing complicated mathematical equations in your head.
People tell you to stop daydreaming when you’re actually mentally entertaining yourself because the intellectual stimulation in the room is less than negligible.
People tell you to just write the darned e-mail but you have to get the punctuation, grammar and tone exactly exact.
People tell you to stop repeating yourself but you’re just trying to be sure that they understand what you’ve said; to be sure that they understand. What you’ve said.
People tell you to pick one career and stick with it but you can’t stand a job once you’ve mastered it. Why would anyone stay in a job that no longer teaches them anything?
People tell you to pick one career and stick with it but you have too many interests and abilities so you have to get to at least 42 of them before you die.
People tell you to just make a decision already but you’re considering all of the possibilities and the variables within each possibility.
People tell you to stop being so sensitive, so dramatic, and so emotional but you’ve been looking for the off button for years and have finally determined that there is no off button.
Maybe, many of “the people” will continue to misunderstand you. But, that’s OK.
Because now, you understand yourself.
To my bloggEEs: In what ways have you been misunderstood? Let us know in the comments. And if someone you love misunderstands you, share this post (and others) with him/her, and use it as a way to start the conversation.
And speaking of being misunderstood, I’m getting a little nervous since I haven’t heard from many of you about my webinar. (the last post) I suspect that, because it’s an hour and 20 minutes long, you’re waiting to find enough time to savor the full-on experience of, well, me. Ha! But, if you’re unhappy with something in the webinar post, I promise, I want to hear it. OK?