I never claim to be 100% on top of things in life. I often make egregious (okay, they are in my opinion) errors when it comes to interacting with other people. I can pick up on emotions, but there are many occasions where words and actions are taken in their literal meaning, and I’m usually wrong. I fail to catch the nuances.
The occasions this happens, of course, make me feel about 2″ tall, both due to remorse and embarrassment. I am my own worst critic, extraordinarily hard on myself and my perceived lack of social skills. Dear Husband has assured me that my perceptions are wrong, but this is something I have to learn and be comfortable with on my own.
This evening, I had one of those open-mouth-insert-foot moments. A good friend made a compliment, and not checking the facts, I made a wise crack, mistaking their compliment for something else. I was teasing, but…. well. I am my own worst critic. Thankfully, my good friend knows that I’m not perfect, but it’s still hard to apologize fast enough when your foot is in your mouth.