Today’s Daily Prompt asks if I have a reputation. The truth is, I have no idea. Not just because I don’t care, but because I’m a pretty low-profile kind of person and I don’t think people think about me.
It was amusing, though, to see the kind of reputation I developed on my co-op work terms. Co-op is like practice for real life, so it’s like getting a sneak preview of what my future colleagues are going to think of me. And this past fall, I was completely caught off guard when I developed a reputation for being completely, embarrassingly lazy.
I mean, it’s true, don’t get me wrong. I work hard, and when I’m on the clock I never want to be idle. But when it comes to getting up out of my chair and walking across the office to get a cup of water? Forget about it.
On the work term, I also somehow developed a reputation of being a health freak. That one isn’t me. I didn’t eat fast food because I couldn’t afford it. I drink black coffee because I’m lactose intolerant. But they still got the impression that I was this super-healthy health freak. So one day they were jokingly trying to get me to eat the Timbits someone had brought, and I let slip the real reason why I hadn’t had any: They were too far away.
This became a running joke. People started delivering food to my desk so that I wouldn’t have to walk two steps to get it. The truth is that I capitalize on my laziness to try to cut down on junk food (out of sight, out of mind, right?) so it wasn’t as helpful as you’d think. But what can you do, if not laugh at yourself?
Anyway, that’s my reputation: Too lazy to eat free junk food. Is it accurate? Probably.