At a very young age, I learned how to make drinks while he drove.
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Am I a narcissist, or just kind of a bitch? Everyone keeps talking about how we’re the “Me” generation. Stories abound about us searching for unicorns, feeling entitled, and thinking we’re above average. But is this trend pathological?
Anyone who has ever stepped out of the ordinary and took a flying leap into the extraordinary unknown had to have a reason for doing so.
I have found that 90 percent of the time, two things are happening. One, you are attributing to malice what is mostly just ignorance or forgetfulness. Two, people are generally pretty cool and want to make things right again.
While everyone should absolutely try their best to be kind and thoughtful when meeting someone new, it shouldn’t be a tightrope walk of trying to be less who you actually are, and more what you assume they want you to be.
This is why I run away when I sense an approaching Instagram moment.
“You know what Zach? For as long as I’ve known you I’ve always thought you were either autistic or had Asperger’s.”
I’ve spent so much of my twenties testing myself, seeing how far I could go before I retreated to what felt safe. That’s why I met the man off Grindr. I wanted to see if I could hook up with a stranger and have it feel okay, even though I already knew the answer.
I am a narcissist. I have always expected special treatment, and been hurt or offended when I didn’t receive it.