What do I do when I need to ask a difficult or potentially embarrassing question? I text. Some of you might think this is cowardly, to which I say, “Uh…duh.” It’s totally cowardly. I admit that. I even embrace that because I don’t want to change my ways. Texting gives me too good of an opportunity to avoid direct humiliation. Anyway, I believe courage is best reserved for situations that truly call for it, like rescue missions, firefighting, standing up for yourself, and eating at restaurants alone. So, when I find myself in a situation that doesn’t really require courage but is nonetheless awful, I choose cowardice.
For instance, maybe a girl wants to know how serious the guy she is dating takes their possible relationship. Is it even a relationship? She’s not sure. What should she do? Text him. Or, if you want to get out of going to a friends party but don’t want to have to explain why in person. What should you do? Text them. Or, if you don’t really want to have a conversation about your love life with your Grammy. What should you do? Text her. Sure, this absolutely qualifies as taking the easy way out, but why in the world would you need to take the hard way?
Listen- I’m all for having awkward conversations. Hell, I’m the poster-girl for awkwardness but even I have my limits. Specifically, those limits pop up whenever I think my feelings are going to get hurt or any type of potentially controversial subject arises. It’s such a great plan- that way, if they respond with something that does hurt my feelings they will never know they hurt my feelings and I will still feel like I won something. Obviously, the prize is not pride or honor, but it *is* like honor’s second cousin twice removed.
Again, I fully recognize this is cowardly. But again, I fully believe my bravery is best stored up for a time when I really need it. I mean, imagine if I had a DTR with a guy to his face and then didn’t have any courage left over to save a bus full of schoolchildren about to drive off a cliff?? If you think about it that way, you’ll see it’s really pretty irresponsible to use your bravery willy-nilly. You need to save it up for the moments that will get you on the local news at 10.