Assume Away

Tuesday, July 13, 2010 Stef dela Cruz 0 Comments

I didn’t want to laugh, but I couldn’t help myself.

It’s so easy for people to believe something, especially if it’s flattery. Praise people and they immediately become your friends. Faking sincerity is, therefore, an art that I want to master.

How about you? Have you fallen prey yet?

It’s such a big mistake – big – for people to assume I’m on their side just because I talk to them, just because I listen. But yes, I choose to be good, for now at least.

People think they know me. If they really knew me, they’d know how I want my coffee. Or if I preferred dawn over dusk. Or whether I’m a dog or a cat person. But even if they knew absolutely nothing about me, they still feel I’m a friend. Okay, I shall let them assume all they want. I will smile a tolerant smile, nod a gracious nod. I will let things happen. As long as I don’t get mad, nobody gets hurt.


As long as nobody gets all fresh with me under the assumption that I shall be receptive, then I won’t bite. I hate people who assume too much too soon.

You have been warned: I am not a pushover. Do not assume that I like you just because I smile back.

Stef dela CruzAbout the blogger
Stef dela Cruz is a doctor and writer. She received the 2013 Award for Health Media from the Department of Health. She maintains a health column in Health.Care Magazine and contributes to The Manila Bulletin. Add her to your circles.