I started thinking about the things that don't really keep me up at night. Nothing really does, although there are a few things that I'll obsess about** in the short-term. Things like:
- why I'm such a magnet for bad supervisors - the number of "spectacularly bad" far outweighs the "neutral" or "good"
- "this isn't working out" occasions an 'ok' or no response? really??
- why my parents never really talk about their childhoods or families (seriously: I have to get my information from their cousins or siblings; a therapist would probably blame my adoption, I blame natural curiosity about what made them who they are)
- what is the proper response to a FB message from someone that clearly knows you, but who you have no memory of at all? it feels rude not to respond at all, but what on earth do you say?!
- how do I keep from getting annoyed when going for an MRI and being asked 10 times in 5 minutes whether I'm sure I'm not pregnant. trust me: I'm not. stop asking.
- can I really refrain from telling someone that just because they have an MBA from Wharton doesn't mean that their memos don't sound like they were translated from Masai into English via Basque?
- why I have such a distorted body image: I see myself as short, because I take a petite size (and you try getting pudgy petite pants, it's not easy) and as having a normal skin tone, rather than the incredibly pale coloration that everyone else tells me I have.
What things don't really keep you up at night?
** by "obsess over" I mean those things that stick in my brain and come to the surface of my over-caffeinated brain at 1am when I've been silly enough to have a latte at, say 10am, and which don't bother me at all otherwise.