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T-35: The Insecure Corrector

March 3, 2013

Today I learned that good friends don’t correct one another’s spelling and grammar without Imageinvitation. I sometimes play the corrector and I don’t mean to be obnoxious, but having empathy means seeing it from the other person’s point-of-view. I think it relates to my basic insecurity. I’m insecure because I feel there are very few things I am really good at, and so with one of those very few things– writing– I tend to get irrationally competitive. This competitiveness manifests itself in pointing out the flaws in others’ writing, and as much as I play it off as mere teasing, if I confront myself, I know better. We all have to accept that just because we do something well doesn’t mean that there aren’t others who do the same thing well, or even better– and (most importantly) that’s OK. I’m working on it.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. March 3, 2013 11:30 pm

    We all are continually growing. Everyone has insecurities and you are a great writer. I think it was very humble of you to write this.

  2. March 3, 2013 11:34 pm

    Oh man, you should see how competitive math teachers get when they’re all working on a sample problem – you can smell the nerdesterone in the room. I think this too stems from insecurity; it certainly does with me, since many of them have math degrees and I don’t.

    Like you, I have something I’m working on: mine is accepting things as they are instead of how I want them to be. I believe our attempts at self improvement speak well of us; it would be so easy to keep the blinders on and ignore the feelings or advice of others. Keep up the good work, Bro.

    • March 4, 2013 7:14 pm

      Well I think the ideal is finding the way to make what is into what we want them to be to the extent that is realistic, while accepting what just can’t be. I’m never going to play Major League Baseball or win Miss America, but most of the field is still wide open.

      I kind of felt that insecurity last year, being planted into being a high school social studies teacher. I was surrounded by people with their degrees in history, political science, etc. including one who had written curriculum for the Center for Civic Education, and there I was, the English major with a job thousands of unemployed teachers would kill for, since social studies teachers are a dime a dozen.

      Thanks for the positivity. Nerdesterone– I dig that :D

  3. March 4, 2013 12:49 am

    Insecurity is an insidious thing. Coming from the rip, shit and bust school of writing I appreciate your more refined and measured approach. Do you have any idea how long it took me to compose this comment? I’m exhausted. I am happy for you to edit me any time you like. I will probably smack you for your efforts but there is a chance we might both enjoy it.

    • March 4, 2013 7:17 pm

      Ha well, I would be honored to edit for you. I already think that E L James can’t even carry your… um, the appropriate analogy fails me. :D

      • March 4, 2013 9:35 pm

        No, you are right, my um should be attempted by anyone without a medical clearance from their doctor first.

      • March 4, 2013 9:41 pm

        Well, I need to see my doctor anyway.

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