Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Handshake Anxiety

One moment I hate in life, is the moment when you are introduced to someone for the first time and go in for the handshake. Let me explain this, I am super short and tiny. (I usually say I have a height deficiency) Although I am pushing my 30's, I have a young face and many mistake me for being in my early 20's, and have often gotten sympathetic looks when I am out with my son, Beckett. (Like - "Oh, that poor teen mom") I hate it. Despite all this, I have a pretty strong handshake. It doesn't really go with my body.

The hate shaking hands with people, because so many people give the weirdest handshakes. They like just put out their fingertips, and I'm like, what the hell do I do with this, kiss your hand? But then there are some people who you think are going to give a really good strong handshake (like men), but then totally psych you out by giving you 'limp hand'. So then I look like a total dude because I'm the one who gave the manly handshake. It also doesn't help that my hands are ALWAYS ice cold, and usually clammy. People always feel the need to comment on that fact, like "Hey, were you just stranded in the cold?!" Yeah dude, my hands are cold, what are you, a comedian? Now shut it and let's get on with the interview.

The point of this post is that it's hard to find someone who gives a genuinely good handshake. I decided instead of shaking hands with people from now on, I think I'm going to start giving high fives. That wouldn't be weird right?

1 comment:

kimberly said...

HA! There is nothing I hate more than a bad handshake...

I recently shook hands with a colleague's husband and HE gave me the limp, fingers-only handshake...I've been icked out by it ever since.

Thank you for writing about such an important topic...

I'd totally go for the high 5.