My Thoughts On Being Who You Are

By David G. Firestone

I just want to say that I HATE cleaning! I really, really hate cleaning. I say this as a 34 year old male who lives, at the moment, by himself. I’m the classic bachelor, who just leaves dirty dishes in the sink, until he runs out of clean plates and silverware, and then does the dishes. I do laundry once a week, and that’s only clothes. I couldn’t tell you when the last time I vacuumed my office. The point is, I hate cleaning.

As much as I hate cleaning, I like clean surroundings. I like my office and house clean. I’m really organized. I don’t really go anywhere most of the time, except to my real job. So I have plenty of time to clean. I just hate to do it.

I was thinking about some of my idiosyncrasies as a person, and I’m realizing that we all have things about us that seem odd to other people. Take some of my examples:

-I HATE peaches and raspberries, and will go out of my way not to eat them.

-Since age 16, I have had some kind of facial hair, to the point, I feel insecure without it.

-I take fiendish pride in the fact that I haven’t flown on a plane or had a cup of coffee in over 10 years.

-I sleep on a couch, not a fold out one.

-On my desk, there are two stacks of poker chips. One is 15 chips high, 3 of five different colors, red, green, grey, blue, and black in that order. The small white lines on them align at all times. The other is 13 chips high, three different colors in no order, and I will occasionally pick them up while watching TV.

-I use 4 different body sprays over the course of a week.

-I enjoy video taping rainstorms…I don’t know why.

-Under no circumstances will I ever go to a theme park anymore.

-I have tied a tie on my own 3 times in my life.

-I always have at least one poker chip on me at all times.

-I HATE politics, and go out of my way not to get involved.

-Closed businesses that have illuminated Open signs annoy me to no end.

-I will not have tomato sauce on pasta.

I have no problem admitting any of this publicly, because I am comfortable with who I am. Bullies can only win if you let them, and I don’t let them. Be who you are, and don’t be ashamed.


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