Once upon a time, I had a friend who decided to bring apples to a breakfast that my roommate and I made for him. He brought red delicious apples. It was a very, very kind gesture and I was really grateful. I searched exactly for the right words to express my feelings.
Me: (thoughts) Thank you so much for the apples! What a nice thought!
Me: (words) (yes, actually what I said): I think red delicious apples are the grossest apples in the whole world!
My roommate stared at me, aghast. I stared at my friend in shock and then clapped my hand over my mouth. Did what I had just heard coming from my mouth really just come from my mouth? It was true. I don't know how I got out of that horrible situation. But I'm still alive and the last time I saw that friend, he greeted me warmly. I guess I managed.
It is exactly on this subject - awkwardness - that I would like to discuss. As you can tell from the example above and so very many others, I am what I would classify a verbally awkward (VA) person. One of my sisters who claims that she lives a very awkward life (her words not mine - I'm not classifying my siblings out of turn), I would classify a situationally awkward (SA) person.
It has recently come to my attention that some persons in this world - I will not use names because I do not know names (ah, the virtues of anonymity in the cyber world) - think that when certain persons (namely myself) smile or even laugh at the hilarity of the awkwardness at others, that this can be construed as a bad thing.
Take, for instance, a post I put up about the awkward pictures of Shinji Okazaki while he plays soccer. (Definitely an SA. Maya Yoshida on the other hand definitely a VA) I have yet to see a good picture of Okazaki while playing soccer. I think the world of soccer must just have some photographers with impeccable timing. Do I smile when I see awkward pictures of soccer players? Yes. Sometimes, I even laugh. (Let's be honest - most times I laugh)
So, what of it?
I present for your perusal 4 examples:
1. Lee Min Ho (VA): "Thanks for letting me happy birthday. Today, let's celebrate your birthday too"
2. Jung Yunho (SA)
He also acts, plays sports and even ice skates. Awkward puppy holder
3. Hasebe Makoto (SA)
He helped organize multiple charity events to bring in support and help for the victims of the Japan tsunami disaster. Awkward model (in the men's bathroom - ほんとに）
4. Cho Kyuhyun (SA)
Presented here is the elite and exclusive IGA club. See? A little awkwardness never hurt anyone. It makes for a good story. And it helps us all realize we're all human.
So embrace your inner awkward. I'll love you all the more for it.
Lee Minho: http://www.dkpopnews.net/2010/06/news-lee-min-ho-wants-girlfriend-as-his.html
Jung Yunho: http://www.asianpopcorn.com/default.asp?display=TVXQ_s_Yunho_Changmin_pose_with_a_puppy-93626
Cho Kyuhyun: http://irena040506.wordpress.com/category/%E2%99%A5-korean/k-songs/super-junior/page/5/