For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a mild phobia of ketchup. Recently, I discovered it actually has an official name: mortuusequusphobia, or the unusual fear of ketchup or condiments. [I even had a hard time choosing a picture to accompany this post because most of them made me want to toss my cookies]
I can’t give a reason for this fear. I can’t recall a traumatic event that triggered it. At this point in my life, I even realize how silly and ridiculous it is. I’m not bothered by other tomato related products, and while I don’t care for them all — I actually enjoy salsa, spaghetti sauce, and similar products.
What is the most interesting at this fun fact about myself is other people’s reactions. At first, they laugh and think it a joke. Then they name off as many tomato related product to see if I have issues with those. They then ask what I put on my fries or my hamburgers. Each response is another attempt to convince themselves that this person is bluffing.
Again, I realize it’s a very weird thing. However, I’m a strong believer in the fact that we all have our weird things in life. We have guilty pleasures, embarrassing habits, and childhood fears. These are the things we keep locked in the closet of our minds …. aware that the admission of such personal attributes will outcast us, to some degree, from ‘normal society’.
We forget the truth that there isn’t such a thing as normal. We all have hang-ups, however weird they might be. I think we might find that in admitting these weird things about ourselves, we might allow ourselves a little laugh — and the opportunity to grow in community with those around us. Learning to accept the weird with the seemingly normal in life will help us grow in our humility and humanity.
In the meantime — please don’t ask me to open your stubborn ketchup packet at McDonald’s.
What weird attribute do you have?