Stepping outside a friend’s home yesterday night, I bid bye and one of the guys said something to mock my tambram lingo. I ignored it to the image of the rest of them laughing good naturedly as we left. All the way home, it burned in the back of my head. I argued with K who totally missed it as to why I felt offended. In his usual calm placating manner he came up with many reasons as to why it should not bother me.
I have never been one to take personal jokes lightly or deal with situations where I am mocked, gracefully. I come off high strung and quick to take offense. A good night’s sleep later, I feel stupid for feeling so angry. While I can let go of yesterday’s incident, I still wonder what prompts people to mock or imitate personal traits. Is it a degree of familiarity or a deep seated contempt that expresses itself occasionally?
I can’t remember making fun of people that way. If any, I am always worried I would do/say something to offend people. How does one learn to take it when the joke is on them? Is it something inborn or can a thick skin be acquired? I wonder why because I don’t remember saying anything reminiscent of tambram lingo or anything to spur that comment.
Anyways, hopefully this new year will help me morph into someone who can take it when the joke is on me. Gracefully.