This is something that I struggle with. I have tried to channel my inner Dad and just say “Welp gotta go”, and without further explanation, Kerry has left the building. I always tell myself that I’m going to be strong enough to break away from a conversation that I’m just not that into. But that’s easier said than done. Because as soon as the situation approaches, there I am sitting and listening or holding on to the wall for strength.
Sometimes as the person is talking, I literally feel my breath becoming shortened, and I feel like my chest is on the verge of collapsing. My mind starts to wander, and I can’t help but imagine myself letting out a loud SCREAM and saying, please for the love of God SHUT UP! You have no idea how good that would feel. But not the correct action, so I have to toughen up and find a more polite way to end the conversation.
Maybe I don’t have to focus too much on the polite aspect but more so firm. Like when I say I have to go, then that’s the end. I don’t want you to feel comfortable to continue to talk and hold me hostage. I want chatty Kathy to know that when I say welp gotta go, she knows to stop talking or she will be talking to my back as I high tail it out of there.
Leave me suggestions on how you deal with conversations that you’re just not that into.
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