I used to work with a woman who had no emotion. If she did, she’d developed a way to not show it. Ever. She was matter of fact, called it like she saw it, said exactly what she thought, and didn’t give a damn if she offended someone in the process. And nothing you could say offended her. She had me in tears a handful of times in the short (but oh so long) 8 months I worked with her.
Thick skin is not something I’ve ever managed to develop. I take after my mum in that I don’t get mad, I get emotional. If you upset me, I’m more likely to end up crying on your shoulder than defending or standing up for myself. I also like to sweep things under the rug. I figure I will “get over it” or “let it go” eventually, so there’s no point making a big deal about it.
I’m not sure when or how I got like this, or if I’ve always been like this. I think most people like to avoid confrontation. I admire people who, if they have a problem, speak up about it and say something. But I often find myself wishing I had a bit thicker skin. So that if my feelings are hurt, it doesn’t bother me. But I don’t. My feelings are hurt easily. I take things personally, and I take them to heart.The problem with this is that you never really quite know where you stand because you’re always reading into things.
I’m going to have to get thicker skin, because my baby is starting school. Thank you for all your comments and advice on yesterday’s post. After visiting the school, my son was so excited there was no way I could NOT send him. He has really made the decision for me. He wasn’t scared or nervous at all. In fact, he ran around the place like he already went there. And then when we left, he was sad. He was ready to start school right then and there.
And so now a new phase of our lives, and this parenting thing, is on the doorstep. In about 7 weeks, my son is going to school! Any advice for a new school parent?!