Many of my friends have teased me, in more than one occasion that I am abnormal. Far from normal. Well, I believe that normal is relative, at the same time subjective, on the rules set by the society. No matter how interested I am to delve in the philosophy of that state of mind, I do not want to bore you with my insights on that. Perhaps in another post.
- I am a tea person and I find it a bit difficult to find someone who shares the love for tea in this tropical country. Still, I go to coffee shops (there’s not much tea houses in my country) and buy hot tea. But no matter how expensive and good looking those teas seem to be, I prefer my own pure green tea.
Unlike others, I like my tea pure. I don’t appreciate the taste of strained tea leaves with milk or lemon. Definitely not fragrance either. My taste buds don’t agree with jasmine or mint.
- Since I was young, I have the passion to read books. I can still remember when I was younger that I used to read the last page of any book before starting the entire story. I don’t know why. It’s not because I wanted to know how the novel will end; I actually forgot what the last page was while I’m reading the book.
- Speaking of books, I arranged my books in my shelves. Yeah! Do you? When I was younger, I arranged the books in alphabetical order. True. It’s a practice of knowing your alphabet! I stopped doing that when I reached high school. You will be relieved to know that I only arranged my collection according to heights now.
- Another thing that I do differently than others is my oral hygiene ritual. Unlike many others, I squeeze the toothpaste tube from the BOTTOM! Yes! When I was out for a trip with friends or schoolmates, I always feel a bit annoyed to see my borrowed toothpaste squeezed in the middle. I’m sorry if some of you also do that, but I just can’t comprehend why it seems a bit difficult to spill the guts of the tube from the bottom.
- If waiting to go somewhere, I always want to move at the time which ends in 5 or 0. For example, I have to leave home to go to office and I’ll do that after 5, 10 minutes after. Even if the time is 7:58 AM, two minutes before 8, I won’t leave.
- When I watch TV or in my laptop, I always adjust volumes in even numbers. I just do.
- Speaking of numbers, whenever I eat candies like Skittles and gummy bears, I always eat in even number. If there are five more left, I’ll give it to another person so I have to eat only even.
- Still with numbers, I count the steps in a flight of stairs or the square tiles in a floor when I’m walking alone.
- I talk to myself. I have this monologue syndrome, and sometimes I even argue with myself. I also have specific facial expressions on each emotion I’m having. I guess I got that from watching too much Korean dramas and movies, plus the fact that I have tons of Korean friends who I hang-out with. And oh, did I mention that I talked to myself loud enough for someone beside me to hear? And it’s in Korean language.
- After brushing my teeth at night, and all my rituals done, it’s time to sleep! Trivia. I don’t sleep with a pillow under my head. Until now. I feel like my neck will break because it’s higher than my body. At first I thought it was just the wrong type of pillows, but after trying almost everything, I gave up. I love the feel of the bed under my head. Oh, I still use pillows. One to hug, and three more to surround me. I think I adopted the way I slept when I was a kid. My parents would put pillows around me to keep me safe from falling out of bed. When I grew up, I still do that.
I can go on with this list and share you more of my weirdness (or idiosyncrasies). Maybe some of you are now diagnosing me with OCD. Sometimes I think what I’m doing is weird, but most of the time I didn’t even notice that I’m doing it. So yeah, I am strange. I guess we all are. So why don’t you share with us those things that you seem to do differently than others? Can you relate with some of what I’ve mentioned above? Don’t be shy!