23 Struggles You'll Only Understand If You're Overly Polite
"No, you go first, I insist".
The internal conflict when you're not sure if you should give up your seat to an old person or if they'll be offended because maybe they're not as old as you think they are.
Because you expect people to be polite, it shocks you when someone is even just a little bit rude.
Holding the door open for one person, but then ending up stood there as an entire stampede of people come through.
When someone gets your name wrong and the window of time to correct them has passed and you think, "Well, I guess this is my name now".
When someone is sitting in your reserved seat on the train but you don't have the heart to tell them.
Being late back to the office because a charity-clipboard person engaged you in conversation.
Letting someone have the last biscuit even though you really, really wanted that chocolate digestive.
Eating food you didn't want, because the waiter got your order wrong and you don't want to kick up a fuss.
Getting a haircut that you hate and having to smile and say "I love it!".
Getting a text from a number you don't recognise but not wanting to ask who it is.
Apologising to someone about the fact that you apologise too much.
When someone makes your tea wrong but you smile and drink it anyway so as not to offend them.
Having your politeness mistaken for fancying someone.
And not knowing how to leave busy social gatherings in a polite way, so instead just disappearing from them without a trace.
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