I often ruminate on some of the various sociocultural differences in societies I have lived in across the world – which is a fancy of saying that I spend a lot of time daydreaming.
But among the many I have noticed or am on the verge of noticing thus far is how awkwardness is treated in different societies.
In most places in the world, awkwardness can more often than not be effectively dealt with by various forms of self and community medication usually involving a variety of spirits and/or herbal supplements.
There are often times however when such easy measures are not always available and thus friendships and relationships might actually have to be cultivated out of said awkwardness.
During those times, I have often found that settler-colonial societies treat awkwardness like some blight to be feared and avoided at all costs.
More earth-minded societies tend to see awkwardness as just another form of the human condition – neither to be feared nor made a big deal of. (These societies, I assure you, also know the good of value of aforementioned healing medications.)
I am realizing that as I wrestle with my own dual identity of part colonizer-Aryan, part earth-minded Dravidian – I much prefer the idea of awkwardness as, indeed, another part of the human condition that makes us human, maybe even a space where friendships can grow and solidarities can be nurtured.
No matter how feet-shuffling it gets.