What are your quirks?
I love the word ‘quirk’ and all it’s variations: quirky; quirkily; and quirkiness. It’s the sound of the ‘q’ and ‘k’ I like the most.
I’ve been thinking about how I am quirky, or what people might find peculiar behaviour. Here is the list I came up with (feel free to laugh but please don’t call the men in white coats):
- I cannot use notebooks. Instead I write lots of post-it note messages to myself, which can become incredibly chaotic. I think it goes back to having terrible handwriting and not being able to keep a neatly written exercise book at school - it bugs me no end if I make a mistake or the pen blotches.
- The post-it notes I use have to be the yellowed lined variety. The downside to this is that they are expensive. Once, I found them on a half price sale at WHSmiths and bought every pack on the shelf. Also, when I write stories by hand, I have to use the A4 yellow-sheeted pukka pads. Nothing else will do.
- I read magazines backwards, starting at the back page.
- If I buy a book from a bookstore, it has to be in mint condition. If it’s from a charity shop, I’m not bothered by the condition at all.
- When I eat a meal, I never eat it all. I leave a little of everything, and have to be ravenously hungry to empty my plate. It's always been a source of amusement with my family and friends, but I never thought anyone else noticed. I was wrong. At work the other day, someone asked me if I was feeling okay. I asked why, to which he replied I hadn’t left bits of food like I usually do. Oh dear. My secret is out.
What are your quirks? Do you feel brave enough to share?