T-35: The Insecure Corrector
Today I learned that good friends don’t correct one another’s spelling and grammar without invitation. 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.