Sometimes, I am convinced that I have mild obsessive compulsive disorder. Quirks, I suppose you would call them, little flashes of paranoia. Everyone has them, some more so than others. I like to think I have mine totally under control!
I have several. I can’t have the TV volume or any volume control on 13. Also, the volume control has to be on an even number or a number ending in 5. 15 is ok, 17 is not! In the mornings, when I watch TV, I usually eat my breakfast at about 7:00am in front of Sunrise (don’t judge!). Even if I have finished my breakfast, I can’t get up and put the dishes in the sink until 7:13am has passed.
What else? Well, most mornings at work, I like to have a mid morning coffee. I don’t go at 10:00am, because there is usually a rush to get a mid morning coffee at that time. 10:30am is the same, so I have to go at 10:14am. Obviously, if I am really busy or have a meeting, court, etc, this doesn’t happen *daily* but if I can control my work day, I have to go for my mid morning coffee at 10:14am! I also can’t get out of bed until it has passed 13 past the hour!
Why do I have such fear of the number 13? Is it because I am afraid the apocalypse will come if I get up from the couch at 7:13am? No, but I do have an irrational fear that the rest of my day will be shit, because the number 13 is thought to be bad luck! Some hotels don’t even have a 13th floor, so it obviously isn’t just me!
Likewise, I get very bothered if I don’t get all of my washing done on a Saturday morning. I feel completely out of sorts. If it is raining and my washing doesn’t dry by Sunday afternoon, I feel annoyed that I haven’t been able to get all my jobs done before I have to go to work on Monday. Washing in winter is something I hate because even though it is mostly sunny in winter, clothes still take even longer to dry because of the cold!
Who else does that thing with hair straighteners where suddenly a thought pops into your head that you haven’t turned yours off and you’re half way to work? Have you called your housemate in a tizzy, to see if they can check it for you? Gotten off the bus and gone home again to double-check? On days I use my hair straightener, I have to go into the bathroom just before I leave the house to make sure it is turned off. Even if I can remember turning it off, I convince myself that could have been “yesterday” and I have to make SURE. Now I have a GHD with an instruction manual that reassures me it turns itself off after being on for a certain time frame, I am less panicked, but I still double check! I once had my old housemate call me to double-check she had turned her straightener off. I rolled my eyes and went and checked it for her to reassure her AND IT WAS STILL ON! If I had left for work a bit early and couldn’t check it, the whole house could have burned down! See! My panicking is not that irrational, they do get left on!
On a recent episode of Khloe & Lamar (judge away!), the younger brother, Rob, is in the car travelling back from the zoo, and immediately tells Khloe that he doesn’t think he locked the lion (or something) enclosure properly on their way out. He insists that she call the zoo to make them check it. This then turns into a huge plot point about how he has mild OCD and should get professional help.
I couldn’t help but think that was a little bit over the top. Yes, it is reality TV, but, I mean, we all have these little quirks, but they’re mostly just that, quirks. Controllable little blights of your personality. Mine probably stems from my personality traits of perfectionist and worrier. Maybe Rob’s was out of control and he did need help, but from what I saw, he seems to be a mild overthinker and worrier. If someone told me I should seek help for my little quirks, I would probably look at them as if they suggested I undergo a colonoscopy for fun!
So what about you? Do you have any little quirks? What are they? Have your quirks ever felt out of control? Do you think that little quirks are mild OCD or just, that, quirks?