Laughing… it is so gloriously GREAT for the soul.
On the flip side of this is that I have also been described as having ‘resting bitch face’.
Actually, it’s quite hilarious, but obviously not so much for those peeps who are scared of an encounter with me, because they think I look like a bitch, or am going to be a bitch.
Anyway, what I’m getting at really is that we never quite know how others perceive us. (Although I do know that some people think that I look like a bitch – I just want to assure you that I’m really not!).
On Saturday night we had our kids’ school ‘Parent Night’ – where all the Mums and Dads get together for a night out, organised by the Parents & Friends Association. It is always a great night, and a once a year opportunity to have conversations with other parents from school that don’t consist of half sentences.
Most people who attend this event usually exploit the opportunity to get dressed up, consume some alcohol and believe for a moment that they are 21 again. This year was no exception. But what was interesting about this year is that we had quite a large contingency of teachers attending – which great. Teachers are humans too! (Thank goodness).
One teacher told a parent how surprised she was to see me tearing it up on the dance floor, because I was so serious. This made me laugh a lot. But it also made me think that it must be that resting bitch face at work again, ruining my reputation as a fun-making hooligan.
I think there is a lot to be said for being a hooligan every now and again.
Obviously, it’s not my default (three kids, job, husband, house etc – no, definitely not my default) but letting my guard down showed this person that I’m not as serious as she may have thought.
I guess any discussions I have had with her are about serious topics, like my children’s education, but I just can’t imagine that not even a little bit of my real personality came though in those chats. But really, you just never know.
So having a bit of fun, a bit of a joke – even when it’s not your default, can be a great way to connect with people. Surprising people, even if it is unintentional, is great.
Good surprises only though, like ace dancing on the dance floor, for example.
Being the hooligan every now and then is a really fun thing to do – and you might surprise yourself too!
What about you? Are you ever misunderstood and have to play to hooligan to set the record straight?