‘How long ‘til you finish your thesis?’
‘What are you gonna do after the finals?’
‘Which jobs are you looking for now that you’ve finished?’
Hi, my name is Ben, and I don’t have answers for you.
– Hi, Ben. Welcome to disoriented anonymous.
I get it. People are curious. They wanna know what other people have been up to. And they don’t have the time to hear complicated stories and vague thoughts. They wanna hear everything compiled into one sentence. And you know my blabber-mouth, I’m not really a one-sentence-kinda guy. Also, sometimes I just don’t care to talk about serious stuff. Sometimes I wanna forget that the world is going to shit and have a glass of wine.
So, I have developed two strategies to answer profound questions when I actually have no clue in real life.
A – Brutal honesty.
‘At the moment I have no fucking clue of what I wanna do with my life.’
Pros: Acceptable, honest, simple. Also, people won’t ask follow-up questions.
Con: You look like a dumbass who has no control over your life.
B – Fake it ‘til You Make it.
‘I’m figuring out my options as I wanna delve deeper into marketing and PR but haven’t found exactly what I’m looking for at the moment.’
Pro: You seem prepared and cautious and like you have a lot of control over your life.
Cons: You have to lie and remember which lie you told who. Also, people will ask follow-up questions.
Does anyone have a better alternative to answer annoyingly profound questions when you don’t really feel like talking about serious stuff? Something that doesn’t set off alarms bells and doesn’t interest other people so much that they wanna know details? How can you perfectly fake having all the answers when you don’t have any?