"Sorry, I have a question."
"Sorry, I look like crap."
"Sorry, I need to take a sick day."
Way too often, women are starting their sentences with the word "sorry." Even if you just think about the phrase and popular hashtag "Sorry not sorry," it's like we have to apologize for not being apologetic. What is that?
The thing is, the "sorry" that precedes the statement is usually not something we're actually apologetic for. The sorry is just there so we seem more polite. Otherwise, we may get labeled as bossy, b*tchy or rude.
The problem with this is that we're making it commonplace to apologize for things we deserve or just being ourselves. By saying sorry so often, we're downplaying our power in hopes of not coming across as impolite. There's no reason to apologize for having a question, not looking like a supermodel when you run into someone at the grocery store or having to take off from work when fighting the flu.
That's not to say that there aren't some instances where saying sorry is appropriate. It just shouldn't be a crutch we rely on to come across as nice. Plus, the more we say sorry for things we're not actually sorry for, the less significance an apology will have when we really should be apologizing.
Here are some things women should stop being sorry about:
1. Asking questions.
2. Ordering whatever the hell you want at a restaurant whether it be a salad or a bacon cheeseburger.
3. Turning down a guy you're not interested in.
4. Being emotional.
5. Reminding someone to do something they said they would do.
6. Someone else bumping into you.
7. Taking vacation time or sick days. You have them for a reason!
8. Not looking perfect 100 percent of the time.
9. Being unable to do a favor you didn't commit to.
10. Having an opinion even if it differs from everyone else's.
11. Putting yourself before others.
12. Negotiating your salary or asking for a raise.
13. Someone else's screw-up.
14. Making a perfectly legitimate request.
15. Being busy.
16. Having a messy place.
17. Being yourself.
While you're at it, check out this hilarious 'Inside Amy Schumer' sketch for more motivation to stop saying sorry:
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