Walt Whitman was right - all of us contain multitudes, whether or not we think we do. I am often surprised when people who know me well are shocked or amazed to learn something about me that I have always thought was obvious, but there you go - multitudes.
I thought I'd share a few of them today, and join in on Three on Thursday. So here are three things that always seem to surprise people about me.
1. Last week, when we were waiting for the election results, The Tim and I were discussing some political topic, and he said, "Well, I am going to tell you what I think, based on what my favorite political analyst has said before." Now, I have to tell you, The Tim was suddenly all about government and politics this election season, providing both known and arcane factoids to me on a regular basis. Anyway, he quoted something I'd said a few weeks before, and I said, "Wait, I told you that last week," and he said, "Yes, you are my favorite political analyst because you know what you are talking about." And - well, I was surprised because 99% of the time, I know he ignores 99% of my blather about everything. I mentioned this to a friend, and she said, "Oh, I didn't think you were interested in any of that."
WHY would I have spent four years in college studying Political Science and Philosophy if I found it dull??
2. I am extremely socially liberal - if the trope that you get more conservative as you age is true, I must have been just ahead of Mussolini in the womb! That part is maybe not surprising, but people are often surprised to learn that on a personal level - meaning for me and my own self - I am pretty conservative in many ways. Mostly just about things regarding behaviors - for instance, thinking proper manners are very important and that people should *have* to practice them. But although my Bridget-centric world follows that belief, I do realize that a lot of people don't find them important at all, and to many, they are trivial in comparison to other things in the world. However, if someone decided to pass a law REQUIRING people to say Please and Thank You (as an example), I would fight it to the death!
3. The notion that I am calm and easygoing always amuses me. Trust me, I am neither, but I know better than to show otherwise in most situations. I have been mocked and taken advantage of too many times to fall into that trap again, and have also learned that it does no good to cause others panic (or even more panic) when something upsetting happens. So though I may be able to calmly deal with it or handle the crisis without outward distress, in my head the world is crashing down and I'm freaking out. Maybe you just don't need to know that. Plus, I am not easygoing. I just know how to choose my battles, at least publicly. My mind contains a whole 'nother life, if you know what I mean. 😇😈
What about you? Are there things people regularly think/assume about you that are not true, or that surprise you?