I'm clumsy. I trip over stuff, fall up stairs and start to skid if I even look at ice. Basically, I'm awkward.
Because of this, I decided a while ago to forgo high fives.
I didn't choose to not high five out of malice, but because I'm afraid of accidentally slapping unknowing person in the face.
Also, I used to miss a lot and that just made me feel stupid.
So now when presented with a palm to slap, I have to say, "Sorry, I don't high five."
And you know what?
It bothers people ... a lot.
I realize that by not high fiving, I am rebuffing a socially accepted gesture of affirmation. I'm sorry about that. But still, I should be allowed to not high five, don't ya think?
Many people do not agree. I have been chased down in a vain attempt to force me to high five and there are numerous people who try to trick me into high fiving.
Now, I don't high five on principle. I'll shake your hand when appropriate, hug you if I like you, but don't ask me to slap your hand or I might just miss on purpose.