So, last week, I was in a conversation with a friend. The conversation was going normal till she said something that caught me off guard and I was like “@#?!!” Yep, I cussed. Very unlike me, but I did.
For like a whole minute there was radio silence. I was shocked at myself and my caller was shocked at me. There a mutual “shockness” if that’s a word. Lol
But it got me thinking, I had to really ponder on the issue and I realized that gradually without me even noticing I had started to use profanity.
Remembering my friends look at me funny when they’d use profanity and I would tell them off, I can clearly remember cringing whenever I hear “*#*#!!” or “^%$-!” In a song or a conversation.
It’s really funny how our environment can influence us if we just drop our guard for a second. I’m a conservative person from a conservative background with a conservative culture, Profanity isn’t really my style.
While some people don’t mind,they give and take profanity freely, there are quite a number of downsides to it. So, I’ve been thinking about how the use of profanity could turn harmful to me and those around me. Here’s are some of the conclusions I’ve reached.
- It could Quickly Become a Habit
Habits don’t just occur; they’re built steadily over time until they become subconscious. They’re easy to form and extremely difficult to break. If you want to make a habit of something, you just have to do it every day. So, imagine if cussing became a habit for me. To some of us, the use of profanity is not a big deal but for me it is.
- It Could Hurt Your Image.
Depending on who you relate with, people would often conclude on your personality from the way you speak. You could be a calm and meek person but be perceived as rude and vulgar because you cuss. Profanity can ruin the way people relate with us. Image is everything.
- It Could Cost You an Opportunity.
Earlier this year, a young American lady was selected for an internship program at NASA. In her moment of joyous overflow, she cussed all over her celebration tweet. Some guy came in the comments and asked her to mind her language. Guess what? She cussed the crap out of him.
That random guy happened to be one of the top directors at NASA, and needless to say that the young lady lost the internship. Moral of the story; it will do you a whole lot of good to measure your words.
Much of what happens in the world is dependent on perception. The way people perceive you is really, really important. Gaining a reputation for having a loose tongue or lacking self-control would be a disservice to yourself. So, unless you must, I recommend toning down or avoid the use of profanity altogether