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Are You Forgettable? Depends On The Path You Take

You can either take the secure or the insecure path.

Have you ever asked yourself the question “Am I forgettable?”


In our own way, we all impact others, which is why I have such a hard time believing any of us is forgettable. And why I have a podcast titled “You’re Worth Knowing.”

I’ve always considered myself a quirky person. Most likely since, at some point or another, during a conversation, I blurt out nonsense. 

This is why I like to think (usually) that people will remember me. Either because I have an interesting back story or because I say something so strange that it sticks out to them.

Hey, finally, a benefit to having social anxiety!

So, it came as a complete shock when I walked into the massage parlour this week and the masseuse looked me straight in the eye and asked me: have you been here before?

Say what?!

This was the FOURTH TIME in two months that I found myself face to face with her, having a conversation.

Have you ever forgotten someone that you’ve talked to for FOUR TIMES? I don’t think so.

And it’s not like I had plastic surgery, removed my eyebrows, or went blonde. No. Nothing about me changed. And I’ll be honest, it hurt. 

And it made me wonder, am I forgettable?

Because, here’s the kicker: my friend recommended me to her, and I have a strong feeling that this masseuse we both go to regularly remembers my friend. 

My friend is impossible to forget. She’s that person, you know, the EXTROVERT. And then I wondered about something else…would my friend say the same thing about me?

And lastly, does any of this matter?

Yes, and no.

If you’re at a job interview, of course, you want to stand out and be unforgettable. You want the damn job and everything that comes with it.

If you’re at a massage parlour, meh, it doesn’t matter so much (other than how much you’ll end up tipping).

The problem is if you take what you see and feel at the massage parlour and bring it along to the job interview. 

You’re screwing yourself out of the job even before you walk into the room.

Here’s why.

All this wondering about being unforgettable increases the chances of social anxiety tagging along in another (more important) encounter. 

Because here’s the thing: this masseuse planted a seed in my head that’s hard to root out.

No one wants to be forgettable, especially after running into someone FOUR times. Geez, I’m just going to keep reiterating that fact because it’s mind-blowing.

So now, I’m making it a THING in my head. 

And this THING makes me feel inadequate. Boring. Plain. Unworthy. And I’ll carry these feelings along with me in other situations as well, hence screwing myself over.

But there is a way to break free from this train of thought. And you know, not awaken the social anxiety beast inside.

So, if you currently feel like this or will sometime in the future, here’s what you do

Identify the secure vs insecure path, and decide which one to take. 

1. SECURE PATH -> It’s on them

The idea behind taking the secure path is that you take away the power they have over you. You shift the focus back on them because THEY are the ones drawing a blank. 

Ultimately, it has nothing to do with you and how forgettable you are.

Here’s how to cement the secure path in your mind: create the backstory and place the burden on them.

Let’s take the secure path by describing my masseuse’s backstory. Heck, let’s even do several backstories for funsies.

  1. Backstory #1 .Maria probably sees 4 to 5 clients a day, every day of the week. And has for years on end. At some point, she decided she didn’t want to connect with her clients since they were all unpredictable and eventually left town. She might even have been burned by getting too close to one. This, in turn, makes her oblivious to whoever lies on her table.
  2. Backstory #2. Maria’s had the worst week of her life. Everything fell apart at home, yet she still had to make her way to work. Damn. She hasn’t slept in weeks and couldn’t give any shit about who was paying for a massage with her.
  3. Backstory #3. Maria is one of those people I read about in psychology studies. She doesn’t remember faces very well. She has THAT syndrome. As you can tell, you can make up an infinite amount of backstories to explain the said phenomenon of forgetfulness or any other exhibited behavior. This really works with any doubts inflicted by others.

Ok now let’s walk through the insecure path.

2. INSECURE PATH -> It’s on you

Taking the insecure path means that you choose to believe there’s something wrong with YOU. 

There’s something (or nothing) about you that makes you forgettable. You’re just a sad little plain Jane, and that’s all you’ll ever be. That’s probably the nicest thing you’re saying about yourself.

Here are the other things you choose to tell yourself on this path.

  • “Even after 3 conversations, Maria draws a blank, because let’s face it, nothing is exciting about me. Nothing stands out. I probably need to walk in here naked or painted like a dragon to make her remember who I am.”
  • “I knew it. Who am I kidding? I’m always going to be seen as the quiet little mouse that no one pays attention to. Not like my friend, who seems to attract every single person she runs into. I’ll never be that cool.”

As you can see, taking the insecure path means projecting negativity onto yourself as if you’re the problem.

I’ll never know the real reason why she didn’t recognize me, what made me “forgettable.”

Just like we’ll never know why someone doesn’t like us, text us, or hire us, for example. All we can do is take control of the narrative and move on.

And what do you want to bet that taking the insecure path not only DOESN’T let you move on but the more you find yourself on it, the more likely that you’ll actually become all those things you’re thinking? 

We are what we think (or was it what we eat?). You know what I mean.

So do yourself a favour and choose the secure path every time. As for me, I’m curious to see what massage #5 will bring.

After going to a massage parlor and talking to the same masseuse a total of four times, she still didn’t recognize me. It made me wonder “am I forgettable?” In this article, I’m walking you through the two paths you can take to address this question.

  1. The secure path (putting it on them) 
  2. The insecure path (putting it on yourself)

The secure path comes with creating narratives around why this person is acting this way. 

The insecure path comes with putting the blame on yourself and justifying how it’s your fault that they forgot you.

I'm Roxana

I went from being scared to ask a question out loud to hosting summits online. I love coffee, french crepes, and working from home. My mission? Help others build their social confidence to make friends, have conversations, and be comfortable around people!

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