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.