Dear ____, your mind is a box of cats

January 4, 2013 at 1:20 am Leave a comment

When I studied in Spain for a semester in college, one of the more shocking realizations for me was that Spaniards are very frank. Coming from the South, I was used to “bless your heart” and other niceties as well as a “spare their feelings” mindset. I wasn’t ready for two newfound Spanish friends to pointedly ask me, “Do you like your freckles? In our culture freckles aren’t considered attractive. In fact, they put freckles on actresses when they want them to look much younger—like a child. Freckles are childish.”

I didn’t know what to do with that information.

What would happen if our—the South’s/America’s/Piers Morgan’s (jk)– collective New Year’s resolution was to be more frank with others? What if instead of giving the break-up excuse of “It’s not you, it’s me,” we just said “Your mind is a box of cats and your heart’s a mess…it’s over”?

Clearly we have a desire to be completely candid about a person or situation—otherwise reality T.V. and social media wouldn’t be so popular. It hindsight, telling an ex that they’re a hot mess would have been satisfying, but I’d like to find some happy medium between giving someone the business and completely sugar coating a situation. I don’t know what that looks like yet, but my New Year’s resolution is to find a way to be bold and tell it like I see it—without alienating others. Maybe there’s an app for that…

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