22 painfully awkward moments you can NEVER escape from

Everyone can relate to these cringe-worthy moments.

Life is awkward.

These 22 awkward moments only cover a small smidgen of the awkwardness in your everyday life.

1. The infamous sidestep

When you cross paths with someone on the street and you both try to go the same direction to get out of each other’s way and then you just end up awkwardly laughing until you finally maneuver your way past them

2. The washed-up pop star

When you belt out the words to your favorite song and then you sing the wrong words and it throws you completely off

3. The evil twin

When you are out shopping for groceries and you pass someone who is wearing the same shirt as you

4. The lonely jokester

When it’s completely silent in a room and you suddenly burst out laughing because of something funny that happened to you yesterday

5. The frog in your throat

That horrifying moment when someone asks how you are and your throat is croaky because you haven’t spoken for a few hours

6. The aspiring gymnast

When you are minding your own business, trying to look cool, and then you trip and fall on your face (No matter how hard you try, there is no recovering from tripping. Bonus points if you fall down the stairs.)

7. The mistaken identity

When you say hi to someone you know in the store but then that person ends up being a stranger and they look at you like you’re a weirdo

8. The “hugshake”

When you first meet someone and you go in for a handshake and they go in with a hug and it’s just all sorts of uncomfortable

9. The ignored high five

When someone accomplishes something you find amazing and you lift up your hand to give them a high five and they don’t notice you so you have to awkwardly put your hand back down before anyone else witnesses your horrible mistake

10. The wrong number

When you send an important text message to the wrong person

11. The I-don’t-even-know-why-I-said-that situation

When the waiter tells you to enjoy your meal and you answer, “You too!” even though you know the waiter is not going to enjoy his meal because he is the waiter and he isn’t eating with you

12. The unrequited reply

When you hear someone talking to you and you say “What?” and then you realize they are talking to someone else or they are on the phone

13.The illiterate

When the door clearly says push but you pull anyway

14. The false shoplifter

When you go into a store but you don’t buy anything so you act completely innocent just to assure the employees that you aren’t shoplifting

15. The “See you later”

When you say goodbye to someone but then you end up walking in the same direction to leave

16. The hard of hearing

When someone is trying to tell you something and you can’t hear them so you say “What?” three times and then you just nod and laugh because you have no idea what they are trying to say

17. The misunderstood wave

When someone waves at you so you start waving back and then you realize they were waving at the person behind you and you just sort of run your hand through your hair and pretend like it never happened

18. The awkward stare

When you are lost in thought staring into space and then you realize you’ve been staring at an actual person the whole time

19. The accidental Peeping Tom

When you accidentally walk into a bathroom and someone is already in there and you both scream in fear and refuse to talk about it ever again

20. The traitorous sneeze

When you make a really terrifying pre-sneeze face and then you don’t end up sneezing

21. The one-sided conversation

When you have dental tools in your mouth but the dentist keeps trying to make small talk with you

22. Life

Everyday life is full of the most cringe-worthy awkward moments, but those moments of blushing, uncomfortable laughter and embarassing memories are all a part of what makes us each human.

Chakell Wardleigh

Chakell Wardleigh has a Bachelor of Arts in English. She spends her days silently (mostly) correcting others' grammar. She adores all things nerd, such as Harry Potter, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Shakespeare, and anything else that whisks her away from reality. She currently works as an editor for the FamilyShare team. You can usually find her with her nose in a book, laughing too loudly, or belting out songs from Hamilton.