The Word ‘Maybe’ Can Make Your Life Easier

Commitment. Oh Commitment, sometimes youre a smidgen scary. Whenever youre invited to do something, Commitment is lurking, hoping to get its tentacles wrapped tightly around you, suffocating you as you can barely part your lips to release a single, final syllable that ensures your defeat and engulfs you inside of Commitment: YES.

There are other options, though, and if you dont panic or succumb to peer pressure, you can summon your savior.

By speaking this term, your nemesis must go to battle with an incredible hero, known as The Word Maybe.

Maybe swoops in and punches Commitment right in the schnoz, causing it to release you from its grasps.

Now, if youre dealing with a pushy, persistent friend, Commitment wont give up at this point. It might try to attack immediately, forcing Maybe to continue to defend until it backs off. Or, Commitment might leave, but return later via a Are you gonna go? follow-up text, or phone call. Youve got to be prepared to use Maybe repeatedly, under any circumstances and dont be bashful.

Think of Maybe as your trusty, reliable, go-to Pokmon, the way Pikachu was to Ash.

Commitment wont like Maybe at all. Have you ever seen an insect when its drenched by bug spray? It twitches, it spasms, it flips, rolls and tries to get away from something designed specifically to eliminate it.

Well, Maybe is to Commitment as Raid is to roaches.

Look, the point here is that Maybe is the ultimate noncommittal term, and makes a perfect response when you dont want to make promises, but also dont want to decline. Like, why should we have to solidify plans when we dont know what kinda mood well be in, or if something more important will come up, or whats going to be airing on TBS the day these plans arrives?

I mean, imagine saying yes to attending a birthday dinner a couple weeks in advance, but then the day of the dinner comes around, and an hour before it you see that Bad Boys II just began on TBS. Now youve got to walk away from one of those things, and its not gonna be the one that involves Will Smith being awesome.

Weddings? Baby showers? Social gatherings where theres going to be food? Ok, I get it, you need a headcount so you know how many hotdog buns to buy. Thats all fine and dandy, but when its like, Person-Youve-Only-Met-Once-And-Didnt-Care-For is having a little kickback thingy at his/her place Friday night, want to go? you dont need to make a pledge to be there immediately.

While Maybe works wonders, keep in mind that every hero has their Kryptonite, and Maybes weakness is on the spot, impromptu, RIGHT NOW invitations.

The problem with Want to grab lunch right now? or A bunch of us are gonna go to happy hour right now, you down? is that you have no time. Right Now demands a definitive yes or no, and renders Maybes powers useless. At this point, with old trusty Maybe in a broken, useless state, youve got to make a desperate attempt, or youll be in Commitments clutches within a matter of moments. Youve got to improvise. Remember, good can always overcome evil, and the wicked Commitment is a beast that can always be slayed. You just have to assess the situation, and call upon a different hero to save you from those dreaded obligations Even if it sounds like/is an excuse.

This post originally appeared at Pajamas Over People.

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