Funny how different people interpret things different ways. Funny how, when presented with the exact same information, different people come to completely different conclusions. Funny how when 9 ‘friends’ were posed with the same facts, I got 9 different outcomes.
One of my favorite (and by favorite, I mean annoying) habits is to overthink things. ALL things. Even things that aren’t my fault. Even things that I could initially interpret as my being blameless, then proceed to twist and fret over things until I can pinpoint what I did wrong. I do NOT recommend this as a way to live your life.
Anywhoo, remember that awesome 9 part text I received on Saturday morning? The one that contained not only a ‘break up’ but also managed to blame me for it? Yeah, that one. Here’s another fun fact about me. I own my shit. I may be rude at times. Or un-thoughtful. Or completely ridiculous. I own it and accept responsibility. If I really caused the break up text, then fine, tell me. I’ll accept it and move on. Although I totally didn’t, btw….
I wasn’t at that point yet. I was still analyzing absolutely everything about our text message exchange. And one of my friends suggested I just read the text messages to all of them. One exceptionally ‘awesome’ friend instructed me to ‘read it exactly as written and not to insert words/phrases/emotions that weren’t actually there’. Uhm, thanks ‘friend’. Anyway, I ended up reading the text exchanges to a total of 9 of my friends over a 2 day period. Really, why obsess over things on my own when I can annoy the hell out of friends?
Here are the outcomes of these 9 friends’ opinions once they were all presented with identical information.
1 friend told me to get over it and walked away midway through my text message narrations
1 friend told me that I was misinterpreting what was written and to give him another chance
1 friend told me it wasn’t, in fact, a break up
1 friend told me it was completely my fault
4 friends told me that he was an immature asshole and there was someone better out there for me
1 friend interrupted me and changed the subject to her past dating life
According to these results, I’ve decided that:
- This WASN’T my fault
- I probably did dodge a bullet
- I have 2 too many ‘friends’