12 Things Everyone Should Appreciate About Their Blunt Friend (as Told by The Office)
To be blunt: I'm a blunt person. Everything that I say or do is exactly how I see it. There's no sugarcoating a question you have for me, and if you want advice, expect an uncompromisingly forthright answer. I used to look at this personality trait as a flaw, as I didn't want people thinking I was rude or insensitive. Like any decent human being, I, of course care about what others think (probably a little too much at times). But when I'd try to hold back my personality, it felt disingenuous and weird. I would act SO uncomfortable that it made others uncomfortable, and then I'd throw in some awkward laughs to top it off. It wasn't until recently that I discovered I should be true to myself, and if people don't like me for it, well, screw 'em! You can't please everyone, right?
Being secure with myself has had its advantages, but it doesn't mean I'm not aware of a blunt person's flaws. After all, my friends give me the side-eye whenever I do things that make them uncomfortable (which I'd say happens about once a month). For example, when an acquaintance asks me if they should change their outfit and I answer "yes" when everyone else says "no" — erm, wrong place, wrong time? Or when people ask me about my life and I give them an honest answer "oh you know, things are great minus the fact that *insert detailed answer here*." OK, it's not always that bad, but you get the gist.
Basically, I'm not perfect. I'm extremely hard on myself and I definitely have days where I question the things I say. But after a recent conversation with a friend, I was enlightened to learn about the many benefits of my blunt personality that I think anyone who's like me, or has a friend like me, can appreciate. So please, if you're a blunt person or someone who has a blunt friend, find all of the reasons you should appreciate them (or yourself!) with the hilarious The Office gifs, ahead — because who is more blunt than Michael Scott?