You're the Best

I think we all need to feel superior to other people in some way. Not necessarily anything big, but in small, everyday experiences. It's more psychological security than anything malicious, and if we learned the ways other people felt superior to us we would probably laugh.

I just had one of those experiences when I used a public restroom and the water that was coming out of the sink was warm. For some weird reason I almost always wash my hands with cold water, even in the winter. It probably goes back to my weird ideas about choosing to experience discomfort.

(Tangent: I swear I've posted about this before, but I can't find it. One of the things I like about running, especially if it's too cold or too hot to be sensible, is that it exposes me to uncomfortable conditions that we don't experience very often in life. We're so used to constant comfort that having to experience any real hardship would be even more difficult for us. So I strap on the ice spikes and head out in zero degrees, or take the stairs every day, just to keep myself grateful for the comforts I experience almost all the time.)

Anyway, the hand-washing thing, or always returning shopping carts, or carefully pronouncing words that are commonly slurred (Feb-ru-ary) are tiny ways I can somehow feel like I'm superior. It's absolutely ridiculous, but I think we all do it. Think about it for a little while, and then fess up in the comments. What do you do that makes you feel better than other people?


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