By Joanna McClanahan of Ramblin’ Mama
It’s recently been brought to my attention that I apologize too often and for this I’m truly sorry.
Now that I’ve taken some time to reflect on my behavior, I can see where apologizing at least a dozen times a day might be excessive. The constant apologizing is mostly subconscious, and a lot of it is directed toward inanimate objects, but that doesn’t excuse it.
I honestly don’t even know why I apologize so often, although I suspect it has to do with internalized misogyny or my terrible self-esteem: Chicken/egg scenario, really.
I consider myself a feminist and I now realize where constantly apologizing for my thoughts and opinions may be a bit counterproductive. This was certainly not my intention.
I take full responsibility and regret my excessive regret. I understand the way my words affect others, including my daughter, who I hope to raise to be a strong, outspoken woman. I don’t want her to feel the need to constantly apologize for her opinions, or to learn this behavior from watching me.
Again, I’m sorry if I have offended or disappointed anyone with my excessive apologizing. It will probably continue to happen, and for this I’m also sorry.
About the Author
Joanna McClanahan is an editor at MockMom, as well as a Staff Writer and Social Media Manager at Scary Mommy. She also makes jokes and memes as Ramblin’ Mama. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more hilarity.