I've discovered that, often, I can't take the same jokes I dish out.
That is something I'd like to change, and acceptance is the first step to recovery, right?
For example, Chris has been teasing me since he recently discovered I find Robert Downey, Jr. attractive.
Here he is.
I poked fun back at Chris today. He benignly pointed out that if he were to rib me about an actress he found attractive, it would make me annoyed, pouty, or (depending on how the day had gone) mad.
Objectively, that's amusing, in a self-aware kind of way. However, I know that the small things that bother me diagnose underlying fears.
Jokes go a long way in unearthing insecurities and communicating messages for people to misinterpret as whatever they most dread to hear.
I'm not a proponent of "just getting over it." Proverbs 12:18 accurately states that "reckless words pierce like a sword." However, there must be some balance between utter apathy and deep hurt. As I've said before, black-and-white people like me don't take kindly to middle ground!
If you figure out what the balance is, dear reader, do let me know. Once again, I encourage telepathic responses.
P.S. Chris, I love you...and you're hot.