When my certain family members once thought my OCD was just a silly “phase”—you know, like reading comic books and being attracted to guys—one which I’ll eventually grow out of.
When I reassure people my triggers aren’t value judgments and regret never pursuing acting. If only I could have found a method.
When I’m in the middle of a ritual following one trigger and a different trigger, demanding a different ritual, occurs.
When I had to learn how to do almost everything with my left hand after those times I just couldn’t avoid a handshake.
When I let my right hand—my “dirty” hand—hang dead at my side, I could never teach myself how to write with my left.
When people think having OCD makes me comparable to Benedict Cumberbach’s portrayal of SherlockHolmes. As if I need to be more socially awkward.
Semi-related: When I watch TV and “forensic specialists” examine a corpse with latex gloved hands, then answer cell phones with those same gloved hands.
When I find a long hair in my Pad See Ew mid-chew, politely decline the offer of a new lunch, and the server gets annoyed.
When the pharmacist licks his index finger before touching each piece of paperwork and asking for my check card.
When I see a Macy’s salesman flossing by the register, flinging pre-digested bits this way and that. He scowls when I ask for a different cashier .
When a guy with explosive diarrhea washes his hands for 10 seconds, then aerosolizes his shit for 45 using the air dryer right next to me.
When three near strangers (i.e., the acquaintances of some friends of my friends) at a gay pool party a couple summers ago found out about my OCD and lectured me about how stupid I am for ten minutes.
When I asked one of those three if he’d washed his hands after fucking a guy in the bathroom, he scowled at me, livid.When the schmuck answered, he said, “I did not! But how’s what I do with my body any of your fuckin’ business?” I did not point out the irony of his objection.
When folks condescend, “What you call ‘germs,’ make us healthier in the end. You know, whatever the next pandemic is, it’s going to make you look like a fool.”