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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Am I normal or just plain nuts?

Do you, like me, sometimes ask the same question yourself? In the previous post I've written down things that have kept popping up my head recently. It is a therapeutic activity I indulge whenever I feel like I wanted to let something out. That is just but one quirk I have. I know I have plenty -- it's actually a laundry list of quirks, idiosyncrasies and pet peeves. Some, if not most of them are so irrational I fear I am just plain nuts. Then I stumble upon the article Are You Normal or Nuts? in Reader's Digest, and found myself nodding my head in agreement and laughing my heart silly every time a certain quirk resonates or just hits close to home for me.

I know of someone who'd dismiss anybody by retreating to her childish shell every time she doesn't want to talk more about a certain issue. I usually just shrug her behavior off and thinks she might have self-esteem issues that she needs to work on. I actually find rocking herself on the chair and intentional spacing out quite amusing. I do that sometimes!

Like most, I rearrange furniture without apparent reason. It is actually one of the things I do to de-stress. Quite funny, huh? I'm telling you, it's actually cathartic. I get to lift heavy couches and at the same time, release all the pent-up emotions I've been bottling up the whole week. Why do you think men have all these contact-bordering-on-violent sports?

In addition to that, I knock on wood to keep bad things from happening and actually believe it is effective; I have an irrational fear of cockroaches -- for those who want to torture me, this is a giveaway :-p Most of all, I laugh at myself and call myself idiotic all the time!

Now, one would wonder, do those quirks make someone nuts or are there people out there who have the same quirks and are perfectly normal? Why don't you find out and post your own quirky question in Reader's Digest
Are You Normal or Nuts?, and check out Reader's Digest Laughs while you're at it. I hate to admit it but the encounter is quite liberating :-)

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Pinay Mommy August 21, 2008 at 12:47 AM  

hello mommy! may tag ako for you. thanks in advance. muah!


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julie August 21, 2008 at 12:46 PM  

Hi, you are not nuts, quirks are what make us different from one another. Sometimes it ca be fun, sometimes it ca be annoying too :)

I was wondering, you expressed that you wanted to join Weekly Questions, were you getting the emails I have been sending? I sent already two, if I'm not mistaken.

MammaDawg August 21, 2008 at 1:54 PM  

I am SO with you on roaches and knocking on wood. And having to brush my teeth, potty and THEN shower in that order.

Okay, maybe that last one is more than just a quirk - lol ;)

Zen Ventures August 22, 2008 at 9:35 AM  

I think it's an Asian trait to rearrange furniture A LOT! I'm guilty of that too. I'm doing better though. I have no more time to spare to do just that :) Besides, what is normal anyway?

Keith August 22, 2008 at 10:05 AM  

I do not know what a 'quirk' is, but one memory I have was working

laundry for a convent in San Jose

I was always shocked by how many dirty habits those nuns have...

Maybe I am "quirky" but I will just have to deal with it.

I am the one who has to live with me the most

Purpled Sky August 22, 2008 at 11:04 AM  

@pinay mommy- thank you! will do it real soon, as soon as my day job winds down *crossing fingers*

@julie- yes, i did! much as i'd like to, my own reality is holding me down (i.e. day job) LOL would love to do all of them WQ though. but i do try and stop by the WQ participants; enjoying and learning so much from them :)

@MDawg- you got me there, girl! LOL oh we all have routines we try to stick to everyday. sometimes my routine spells how the rest of my day would go :-)

@Keith- how right you are! :-)

Laarni August 22, 2008 at 10:52 PM  

I think it's normal. Though i stopped knocking on the wood but I say "Libre!" instead.



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