Greetings. *dances my way into your Reader*
I’m back. You didn’t expect to hear (or read, for that matter) from me so soon, did you? *winks* I’m pretty sure this post won’t be as messy as the last one.
I also forgot to acknowledge that my (second!!) blogging anniversary was this past August. This has been a wild ride and I can’t wait for what awaits us, my dear followers!
I have been thinking a lot about apologies and forgiveness lately. Sincere apologies are hard to come up with, unless you’re talking about me. (read my previous posts, for example. You’ll see most of them tagged with some sort of apology. 🙂 )
I apologize about literally everything, from sneezing to accidentally bumping with someone. It’s second nature to me.
It’s a wonder I don’t apologize for breathing!
There were lots of times when I apologized for things that were either:
- Outside my control
- Part of who I am as a person
I have recently understood why I’m like this. It has to do with the fact that I always believed I was less than everyone else. Less smart, less clever, less funny. I felt like everyone had this chip or programming that helped them act on certain situations, and I didn’t. Others simply knew better and I had no choice but to follow. I did not understand why people acted in a certain way.
It was frustrating to always wonder why I was alone. This was why I felt like I did not deserve to have friends (or at least, that I had to come out of my usual behavior or way of thinking to have them.) I felt like I had to apologize for simply hanging out with them. Or stop being myself, in a way. More than one person has expressed their concern about this to me. Someone literally said they hated hearing the words “I’m sorry” from me.
And I got why. Eventually.
“Apologizing does not always mean you’re wrong and the other person is right. It just means you value your relationship more than your ego.”
― Mark Matthews
This quote has much to do with my previous MO when it came to apologies (even though I hadn’t read it before researching for this post). I say previous, because these past few years, I’ve learned a LOT about myself. I’ve learned what I like and what I don’t. Most important of all, I’ve learned that I don’t like feeling like less than other people. And most of the time I valued relationships/friendships more than I valued myself! I did not realize how much I was hurting myself. Having to apologize frequently… it took a bit of myself every time I did it.
Don’t get me wrong, there are times when an apology is needed. When not apologizing makes you literally an asshole. The person who apologizes shouldn’t feel pressed by the one who will receive the apology, though. (By this, I mean: you can tell the person directly that you feel hurt by what they did… after explaining what they did. But the apology should come directly from that person.) The whole point of the apology is that it has to be genuine, sincere… and pushing someone to apologize would take that away from it. It would be wrong, in a way.
Still, an apology is always a good way to fix things, and it’s nice to know that a genuine one can help rebuild a relationship. 🙂
I am aware that this post might make me sound sort of selfish, but I’ve realized these things about myself along the way… and this blog is all about discovering myself. It’s interesting how, even being almost 21 years old, I keep discovering things I did not know, and somehow growing into a person I did not expect becoming… even though I sometimes realize I’m not as good a person as I thought before. Thanks for reading!
Any thoughts? Suggestions? The comments are open! 🙂
6 thoughts on “Apologies.”
Not selfish at all. I agree with you. I had two weird situations at work recently. Two separately people verbally attacked me in two separate weeks, seemingly completely unrelated. I was very upset by both. The first one actually confessed – he had told another colleague that I must have too much time on my hands if I had time to get an enormous project completed. He was so guilty that he confessed to me on the same day. And apologized furiously. The root problem is still there but at least he manned up and confessed and apologized. We’ve moved back to a fairly normal relationship, although in quite wary of him.
The other GG screamed at me on the phone, for pretty much the same reason (I have found out since that they are feeling inadequate about the level of work they get done compared to me – please get over yourselves boys). Anyway, despite being gently reprimanded by the boss, he’s never brought it up with me, never apologized, never acknowledged the event. We had to spend a week together (and with the whole team) recently and it started out in stony silence but it was awkward and uncomfortable so I gradually started to speak to him and include him. By the end of the week, we were back to our usual joking selves. But that’s because I compromised. He still hasn’t apologies or acknowledged and it makes me really mad. I don’t trust him, I don’t want to spend time with him, I don’t want to give him the time of day.
So when do we forget and when do we forgive? That’s a tough one.
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Oops *GG = guy
Thanks for sharing! 🙂 I’m sorry this happened to you. ❤
And that's the thing- sometimes the only solution is compromising… but when do we draw the line? Should we give up on what we think/believe? It's an interesting question…
I feel this so much and this post has given me something to think about. I’ve gotten better at not apologizing for everything, but I do still slip back into it every now and again and after reading this I had a sort of aha! moment because I tend to slip into it when my confidence and self-worth takes a dip. Habits are difficult to break, but a lot of learning to trust, love, and connect with ourselves is breaking old habits and creating new ones.
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I can’t believe I saw this comment now- a MONTH after you posted it! I agree with everything you just wrote, and I am glad that I met a kindred spirit 🙂
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