We’ve all been there. You’re all alone in public and you feel like a loner, you’ve just said something really embarrassing and all you want to do is run away, or you accidentally called someone that’s not even your teacher "mum", tripped and then fell down in front of your peers. Sound familiar? Here is my beginner's guide to surviving being an awkward person:
What do you do in public?
This question has always troubled me. When I’m all by myself in a crowded area I feel insecure and feel everyone else is secretly thinking "She’s a loner". So my tip is to get some headphones. Even if you’re not listening to anything (which I don’t recommend because that’s kind of creepy) you can look as if you're interested in something else acting like you’re busy.
What should I do if I say something odd?
I often find myself anxious to please those around me by saying something funny. However, this overwhelming desire can lead to me saying things that sound funny but not in a good way. Unfortunately, this is a problem I still have today.
When is it a good time to just walk away?
Anytime when there is a break in the conversation. Sometimes, just being there will be more awkward for you if you have no idea what they’re talking about. Trust me.
How do I know if they like me?
People who want to talk to you will naturally gravitate towards you. If they don’t they’ll most likely talk with others and you'll just have to learn how to deal with rejection. No matter how awkward.
What if I’m not having fun?
Don’t force yourself to be in a situation you don’t want to. Just leave, goodbyes are awkward so one to two-word phrases like ‘I’m out’ or ‘toodles’ can give off an air of confidence, even when you don’t have any.