A kind friend pointed out today that I am a stubborn person, which is very funny, as I made mention of my stubbornness to another friend earlier today. So, I began to ponder where exactly does stubbornness come from? Is it learned or inherent?
I have studied my genealogical history, and I have much in the way of English and Germanic (which includes more than just “German”) lineage. There are many anecdotes about German stubbornness, but, I honestly think that that could follow any genealogical line, regardless of nationality.
I think that stubbornness is learned. A way of thinking. An ability to adapt and or stay the course in a given situation, for example, in my case, being told I cannot do something. I had gone through my EP Study and ablations on Tuesday and was given the list of things to do or not do. The top of the list, was rest. The issue was, when I went through the EP Study and Ablation 10 years ago, I came out of it feeling as if I’d been hit by a truck. Bruised, beaten up, I was not in good shape. The procedure on Tuesday was completely different, once the anesthesia wore off, I was ready to bounce off the walls. I felt GREAT! How do you tell a body that feels fantastic that shortly after a procedure, to “rest”?
I don’t think there is a good answer, but the simple answer is “You don’t”. The day after my procedure, I cleaned the bathrooms, swept the wood floors and front porch, filled bird feeders, washed dishes and eggs, brought in some boxes that were delivered and started laundry. Yes, I rested…. between all those things…. I watched a lot of episodes of: The Golden Girls, Frasier, Will & Grace and Seinfeld as well as America’s Next Top Model (for research purposes only – I can do without the drama).
Day two after my procedure found me back at the office, pushing paper, answering phones and the like. Tonight, I rest. I don’t care for being told to rest. I like to “rest” when I’m darn good and ready for it. On my terms. I don’t do well with being told what to do and when to do it, of course that depends on the situation entirely… in some I take direction quite well. We’ll see what tomorrow brings.
On that note… I’ll leave you all pondering where you picked up your personality traits.