in order to learn about a new subject, we ask questions. If it is a knowledge seeking question, the intent (in my experience) can be very positive.
I’ve found lately that people have been asking more specific, pertinent questions. One day I was cornered and didn’t want to talk diabetes. I sat there and answered because I knew by answering questions I could be eliminating some misinformation that is out there. And I hate misinformation! I hope I seemed pleasant and not annoyed. Because even if I don’t want to answer questions, it doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate people wanting to learn more.
Sometimes the questions come from people who have known diabetes as long as I have. When these questions happen, I forget that they don’t have a way to read my mind. These questions can often be simple to answer because of the background knowledge. It doesn’t mean I’m not surprised when they’re asked.
As I have more diabetes experiences and as I spend more time with friends, the questions connect the experiences. These positively stop me in my tracks and I want to make it seem like they don’t. Diabetes moments stay with me. I often try to make the moments not seem like a big deal, even if they might be. When people take the time to remember, connect and compare, it makes me happy. I love these questions. To answer them does not generally take up a whole conversation and I realize I’m lucky to have people in my life who want to understand diabetes.
Questions are a part of life. They help us understand the world around us. I may not always want to be asked questions, but I will be grateful.