I get a lot of interesting adjectives thrown my way. Some I expect and some tilt me a little. Some I never seem to understand and some provide insight in to how others see me. Sometimes I want to know more about why that particular adjective is being prescribed to me and other times … well, not so much. One descriptor that’s been thrown my way my whole life has been Type A. I prefer to think of being a Type A as amazing, animated, articulate and amusing. Others might see fit to choose a different set of Webster’s best offerings. But a Type A I am and a Type A I will always be.
I do a lot of introspective exercises to gain a better insight in to how I tick. Now one might assume that as the owner of the Type A personality, I would already be familiar with what makes me tick. Not so, I assure you. I also suffer from insatiable curiosity so learning about myself is an ongoing process as I hope it is for most people. As I age (oh the curse and blessing of saying that) I evolve through experience and influence. I would hope that we all do. But as a Type A, I must do it better, faster and stronger than anyone else. I must succeed at the introspective education to the point of total understanding. Being a Type A is tiring. If you too share this characteristic, you know of what I speak.
As part of my new career, for which my Type A personality seems to suit quite well, I get to meet with new and interesting people. I enjoy this. It’s a type of problem solving that my Type A brain gets wrapped up in. Figure the person out. What can I do to help them ? How can I make the most out of this meeting ? At a recent meeting my co-meeter figured me out within 10 minutes: he said, “You’re a tiger aren’t you? ” I think that’s just an animal allusion to my not so well hidden Type A tendencies. I need to get things done. I need to fix what I perceive as running inefficiently. I need things to be in place and functioning to the best of my ability. And I need it working this way yesterday. Grrrrrrrr …..
I often wonder if others know their Type. Do they spend as much time as I do trying to figure themselves out? Do they think about what they need to change or improve upon ? This is where I would prefer to be a Type I as in I Don’t Give a Rats … maybe I’d still have some A no matter what my type.