Friday, June 3, 2011

Awkward Moments

Don't you just LOVE awkward moments? (note the sarcasm). So, I decided to come up with a few that I have experienced lately. Here they are:

#1: Awkward silence in the elevator.

This is very common, most of you must have experienced the awkwardness of this situation. It is so uncomfortable when you try to avoid contact with the other passenger and helplessly watch as the numbers take their own sweet time going down. Then you start fumbling with your sleeves or take your phone out, to try to look busy.
All you want is to hear the *ding* or just see the doors open so you can get the heck out of the elevator.This whole time you're wondering whether you should make conversation with the person/people in there or smile but decide against it, then hope they don't start talking to you because then it would be even more awkward.

Here's what makes it even worse: imagine you're going down the elevator with a friend and you two are talking and laughing over something. Suddenly, the elevator doors open and a person enters. You both fall silent, despite the fact that you're not done talking.
I have no idea why we do this. It's more awkward for the person who has just stepped into the elevator because they must feel self-conscious about their own presence, as if they interrupted something.

#2: Texting in awkward situations.

Admit it. You have done this at some point in your awkward little life. I do it ALL the time.
For example: You were supposed to meet up with your friends outside the mall and *surprise surprise*, you're the first one there! So you wait for a minute, watching lamely as people pass you by, giving you side glances, wondering what the hell you're doing there all by yourself.
To make yourself seem less pitiful, you take out your handphone and pretend you're the busiest/most entertained person in the world until your friends finally show up. It's easy, believable and it makes you look a lot less pathetic! :D

#3: Your friend is talking to their friend, while you stand there awkwardly.

Okay, so you're walking around the mall with your friend and it's all good... Until they see someone they know. Your friend insists on saying hi to their friend (who you don't know) so you tag along since you have nothing better to do.
Ten minutes later, your friend is still talking to their friend while you stand there awkwardly feeling like the odd one out and feeling bad for yourself. You try to get involved in their conversation but most likely you'll have no idea what they're talking about. It sucks.

#4: Being surrounded by people talking in a language you don't understand= awkward.

I experience this pretty often so I guess it's not that bad/uncomfortable for me. I'm used to it. But that doesn't mean I don't feel singled out when this happens. It's worse when they start laughing at something but I have no idea what so I just look around awkwardly having no idea what's so funny. Some people are nice enough to translate for me, but usually the joke isn't really funny when it's translated to English :P
So yeah, it's pretty awkward and not a good situation to be in. Plus, people start feeling bad for you and they might feel guilty about the fact that you can't be part of the conversation. And I don't think anybody likes to have people feel bad for them.

#5: Saying 'hi' to a friend but they don't hear you so you walk away, hoping no one witnessed your awkwardness.

You know what I'm talking about. You're in a public place and you happen to see someone you know walking by. You greet them loudly, waving your arms in the air with a huge grin on your face, trying to grasp their attention. But they walk right past you. You freeze, realising how retarded you look. So you quickly put your hands down and get rid of the smile. You look around self-consciously, hoping no one saw you embarrass the heck out of yourself.
And the next time you see that friend, you hold a silent grudge against them.
SO embarrassing.

Have you guys experienced any of these?
Any OTHER awkward moments?
Tell meeeee!