What do you see when you look at me?

What type of person are you? Are you the person others think you are?

Tonight I read a very interesting post by a fellow blogger at Dr hows science wows. She has discovered she is, according to others, “quirky”.It made me wonder “In the eyes of others what do they see me as?”.

I suppose if I am honest I don’t really wonder that at all. Enough people have told me. In general this is what they say.

“You’re horizontal”. “You’re so laid back”. “You’re scatty”.
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I have to say I don’t agree. I don’t see myself in this way. I am just not one to panic about things, but in the end I do get everything done. It may be on the deadline, but it’s done.

I remember when I was nursing we had to get a certain result to pass. I had no difficulty learning, but I was not an overly studious type. So if we needed 55% to pass an exam I got 58%. I would be delighted, but my best friend would be tramatised just imagining coming so close to failing. I laughed at her overly hyper attitude. I always felt the problem lay with her, not me. With others in general, and not with myself.

My own mother is one of those overly organised, hyper people. She was not equipped to cope with my attitude. She is the type to be hours early for a train, bus or flight. I am the person who runs in the door last minute. She is the person who plans everything well in advance; I am the person downloading google maps just as we are leaving the house!

So as I read my blogging buddies post tonight it struck a chord and I wondered… Am I really horizontal, laid back and scatty, or is it because others think I am compared to themselves?

What are your defining characteristics according to others, and do they match what you think of yourself?

By the way my blogging buddy also asked “Is she a scientist because she is quirky, or is she quirky because she is a scientist?” Now that’s an interesting question. If you want to check her post out and give her your own opinion, she is here.

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18 thoughts on “What do you see when you look at me?

  1. So if we needed 55% to pass an exam I got 58%.

    Yes! I understand this completely. All my family and friends think I am crazy to do just enough, recently in College I had to get a B3 average in 6 subjects or they tossed me out of the College, so I thought; Grand, I’ll get a B2 and if there is a slip I will end up with a B3, happy days. So I knew I could relax in some subjects and make up for it in others.

    All around me, people were aiming for A2’s and A3’s, really busting a gut, and they just could not fathom my attitude.

    Got my results a few weeks ago, and got the B2. All the success, none of the stress or hours of studying 600 page books.

    1. Yea, well done on your exams. I am so glad you get it, and judging by your comment I can see we have the exact same outlook. And when I was nursing I was every bit as good as those who got high grades, so once again I wonder why do they try so hard.
      Maybe we are actually the clever ones!

  2. i have also always been very laid back, like my father, and know that things will turn out fine, no sense worrying about them. this made my mother crazy who was by far, the opposite.

  3. I’m definitely the รผber organised person…funnily tho people often think I’m very relaxed but I’m only that way if I’ve everything organised…not sure what that makes me. I can only be this relaxed person if I’ve all my ‘background organising’ done!

    1. I have a friend I think is like you. She is very organised, and quietly gets on so everyone thinks she is chilled. I know she is not as she cannot cope with me!

  4. Hi Tric, I would put myself in the ‘it’ll be alright on the night’ category, what’s the point of me worrying about it when everyone else is running around like headless chickens.
    Is that a satisfactory answer or just comme si comme sa?

  5. I’ve learned to respect and not judge the differences of others. I am that “Type A” personality, more like your mum. My baby girl, the same. My oldest daughter on the other hand is much less so and very disorganized. My precious hubby is so laid back when he’s standing 6’1″ tall he’s still reclining!! LOL We complement each other very nicely. He can really steady me when I’m having a crazy day. His laid back, relaxed approach can really be calming when I can’t seem to calm myself.

    My baby girl and I don’t ever get together that we don’t already have a “plan”. We know what we are going to do, where we are going to go, how much we will spend etc; Much less stressful that way and a very productive use of our time. On the other hand, when my hubby and I do something together it’s much more spontaneous – turns out to be great fun and great laughs!

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