Lurk no more

28 Nov
I have something to confess. I’m a lurker. I have been for years. I peruse my favorite blogs and websites, laugh over everyone’s exploits, commiserate over tragedies, and never say a word. I don’t know why I was so afraid to speak up – what if I said something stupid? What if someone read my comment and thought “Oh, what a moron.” And worse, what if they told me so?

But recently I thought, “I’m always saying stupid things right to people’s faces, so what’s the big deal?” I get this kind of verbal diarrhea at parties and events, where I cannot stand to have empty silences in conversations. My remedy? Blurt out something, anything, and invariably what I blurt out is something embarrassing, something I previously told myself NEVER to tell anyone. I frequently apologize to my husband for telling everyone that story. He’s very forgiving.

So here is my preemptive apology: I will probably say something off-color that I’ll regret later on. Don’t worry, I won’t offend you. More likely, I’ll just embarrass myself and you’ll feel sorry for me while you chuckle. But then we’re all friends here, right?

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One Response to “Lurk no more”

  1. Lauren December 1, 2011 at 10:03 am #

    Amanda…I love you so much! I love everything you’ve written here so far, and I cannot wait to read more! Keep it coming, honey. 🙂

    P.S. Your verbal diarrhea is my favorite! (Does that sound gross?!) I wouldn’t want that to change for anything. It brings out your realness…and some laughs, as well!

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