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Just Say Yes
Published on December 16, 2012 by Sara Foss

Over at the DG, I write about why I usually agree to do things ... even things I don't necessarily want to do. 

Here's an excerpt:

"This might come as news to my immediate family, but I’m usually pretty agreeable.

When my friends ask me to do stuff, I’m generally inclined to say yes, even if it’s not something I’m super interested in. I’ve always believed that when you extend an invitation to a friend, what you’re really saying is: 'Let’s hang out and spend time together.' The activity itself is often inconsequential, because what matters is seeing your friend.

However, not everyone thinks this way.

I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve invited people to do stuff, only to get a reply denouncing the proposed activity. 'I don’t really want to see that movie,' such people will write. Or: 'I don’t like that band.' On a bad day, such replies really get on my nerves, and I have to restrain myself from writing something akin to: 'I invited you to the movies because I want to hang out! We can do something else! Just offer a counter-proposal!'

Although you have to draw the line somewhere.

For instance, I’ve rejected proposals to do karaoke, play dungeons and dragons and see Morrissey in concert.

And I’d do it again.

Click here to read the whole thing.

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