I'm not sure and I'm not sorry

Much has been written about women’s tendencies to overuse the phrase “I’m sorry.” I’ve never been big on apologizing, but I have noticed how much I use “I’m not sure” and “I don’t know.” To be sure, there are plenty of things in this crazy world to be “not sure” about. My scientific training only magnifies this tendency to see life in its many layers, possibilities and viewpoints. 

But that’s not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about the times when I’m actually damn sure –and I’m also damn sure that it would not go well if I said so straight out.

“I’m not sure I can fully support that,” I say – but what I mean is “Oh, HELL no!”

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