Create some really fun stories
Photo Credit to Lina Scheynius
A friend of mine invited me and my boyfriend to a party hosted by friend of hers. I didn't know the host. But I assumed my friend had checked with the host and that it was okay that we came along too. On our way there, however, my friend said that she hoped her friend knew we were coming and that he was home.
And I thought "what!? Aren't we going to a party?" Of course her friend must be home, right? And then I started questioning if it really was alright that we came along. Turned out the big party I had expected (where I could easily blend in) was just a small gathering with a few close friends.
My friend laughed and joked about it all and called the host to hear if he was in and if it was alright that we came a little early. But before she called him, she said something I think is really wise.
"I hope he is home and that everything works out, but if not, this will turn into a really fun story." (We laughed. There and then, we could totally see the fun in showing up with two strangers and then there was no party.)
I'm no storyteller, so disregard the clumsy build-up of this little story. Pay attention to the wisdom please.
The wisdom, is - of course - to view all possible embarassment as a potential fun story.
And I particularly liked her approach of looking at a situation this way in advance. Because the usual approach is to look at it as a fun story years later when all the initial embarassment has faded. Which involves sligly more unnecessary embarassment if you ask me.
(In case you wonder how the story ended: we went there, he was home, everyone was nice and it didn't feel awkward. I told you the story itself wasn't that interesting. I did, however, accidentally set my hair on fire that night. But that's another story.)
Do you have any fun stories to share? Can you transform your future fear of embarassment and view it as a potential fun story instead?