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In which I consider a first impression

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Another prompted post (but goodness, they make it so much easier to write). This one from The (utterly wonderful) Redhead: first impressions.

I’m a terrible one for making snap decisions about people, places and things based on gut reactions and very little information.

I’ve been known to be rather less generous about my snap judgments. On the tube, I’ll write off fellow commuters as shoving, smelly, and sour-faced; a party guest as a bore; a journalist as one of the drawer’s less sharp knives…

Sometimes the judgments are the right ones: my first impressions of the The Writer were a) tall, b) interesting and c) handsome, and given I went on to marry the man, they've since been borne out.

But sometimes (and I don’t doubt it’s probably the majority of the time), I’m not quite as on the money, to my own detriment: I put off reading Jilly Cooper for years, having dismissed it as chick lit (how wrong a gal can be). I didn’t eat Christmas pudding for years, mistakenly assuming something full of fruit and brandy wouldn’t be delicious (see above). And given that TW’s first impressions of me were everything he didn’t want in a woman (short, blonde, in PR), I’m lucky that other people aren’t so stubborn as not to revise theirs.

So I’m not too concerned that my first impressions of the new year have been somewhat underwhelming.

It’s been wet and windy enough to incite serious cabin fever, with depressing news dripping in on the broadcasts for days filling me with increasing anxiety about the return to work, and a tax bill large enough to put paid to brunch for the foreseeable. Not a vintage start, I think you’ll agree.

But in best best-foot-forward mood, I’ve decided not to let it get to me. Because first impressions can be so wrong, and the year might yet pleasantly surprise me.

This post first appeared on Against Her Better Judgment, please read the originial post: here

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In which I consider a first impression


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