I hate it when I hear people whispering anywhere around me. I always fear they’re talking about me and whispering to keep me from overhearing them. I know it’s ridiculous and borderline narcissistic to think everywhere I go, people absolutely have to be discussing me, but it’s something I just can’t shake. I’ve had that nagging fear in the back of my mind since I was a child and someone actually was gossiping about me behind my back. Ever since, I just automatically assume they are, even if they don’t know me from a hole in the wall. For all I know, they’re making fun of what I’m wearing or what I look like. As an overweight person, I’m always hyperaware of what I look like, not wanting to wear clothes that are too tight or sloppy, believing it not a good idea to draw further attention to myself than is absolutely necessary.
Am I the only person like this? I can’t imagine I am. It seems like something that’s almost universal.