happy awkward moments day!

March 18th is Awk­ward Moments Day. I’m not sure if it is designed to mere­ly observe, appre­ci­ate, for­give, or cel­e­brate life’s awk­ward moments, but it is an intrigu­ing aspect of life to focus on, nonethe­less. I sup­pose we can find virtues to the phe­nom­e­no­log­i­cal­ly unpleas­ant expe­ri­ence that is the awk­ward moment: such ten­sions can result when we are sud­den­ly thrown from the steady (but unin­ter­est­ing) course of what is com­fort­able and expect­ed, or can be the tem­po­rary prod­uct of the rejec­tion of stale rules of deco­rum or con­ven­tion. Often (for those who take life less seri­ous­ly) the ten­sion of the awk­ward moment is bro­ken by the blessed relief of laugh­ter (which is the lifeblood of good living).

Not that the awk­ward moment does­n’t have its dark side (they are often pref­aced by rude, insen­si­tive, or oth­er­wise inap­pro­pri­ate behav­ior), but I think it behooves us to do our best to find the good in char­ac­ter­is­ti­cal­ly “bad” moments of lfe.

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