THINGS THAT AREN'T YOUR BUSINESS

Mind your own business.

Simple enough, am I right?

Except that some don't seem to know where to draw the line between their own business and the business of others. I would venture to say that some don't even know there should be a line.

Is this you?

Do you struggle to know what is appropriate to ask another person? Do you even realize this is a conversational assessment you should be making?

Have you been the recipient of blank stares and/or pointed glares after asking what you thought was a friendly question? Has your curiosity left you standing alone, confused?

Have you ever had to wonder, Was it something you said?

Knowing what's appropriate and your place to ask can be difficult. It really shouldn't be, but if you or someone you know struggles with this supposedly basic social concept, there's help.

I've compiled a list of topics that just aren't your business. You shouldn't ask them of anyone.

If right now you're thinking, "But what if we're close friends?" let me assure you, if a close friend wants to discuss something, they'll bring it up. I mean, if a casual acquaintance wishes to discuss something, they'll bring it up.

This list might surprise you. You might think it's over the top and that anyone who has an issue with this is overreacting, but trust me.

The following things are just none of your business.

WHERE SOMEONE IS FROM

If you're asking this upon meeting someone for the first time, by all means, it can be polite small talk. If you're asking what part of a certain region someone is from because it came up in conversation, that's fine. But if you're asking it because you notice that someone looks different than you, or has an accent, it's rude and implies that you don't think they belong.

And for the love, do not ask someone where their child is from. Ever, really, but especially not when that child is present.

HOW SOMEONE EATS ALL THAT THEY DO // HOW THEY STAY THIN

You notice someone is eating and they don't appear to be overweight. Is it their metabolism? Is it just how their body naturally is? Good genes? Hours at the gym? A life-threatening eating disorder? You just don't know, do you? And you shouldn't. It might be difficult for them to talk about. They might be tired of talking about it. They might not appreciate being analyzed like an avocado at the supermarket. Bodies and weight can be sensitive, personal topics.

HAS SOMEONE LOST WEIGHT

It might be very obvious that someone has lost weight. It's very obvious they want to talk about it if they post a status saying so, or before and after pictures, or if they bring it up to you.

See above for clarification.

HOW MUCH MONEY SOMEONE MAKES

Some people are fine dropping subtle and not so subtle hints as to how padded their bank accounts are. Most people are not fine being asked this question, so unless you're preparing their taxes, deduct this from your list of things you feel entitled to know about someone, regardless of how well you think you know them.

WHEN ARE THEY HAVING KIDS // ARE THEY HAVING ANYMORE KIDS

Nope. Not even if you're dying to know. They could be trying to get pregnant, trying to stay pregnant, know they can't get pregnant, or have no desire to have kids for the foreseeable future, or ever. None of this is your business and asking will likely get you put at the very bottom of the list of people they plan to let any eventual babies interact with.

WHAT POSITION THEY USED TO CONCEIVE

Sure, this one might be an obvious NO, but equally obvious should be: How much did you pay? What's the story with their birth parents? Are you going to try in vitro?

All equally of no real benefit to you should you know the answer. Also, invasive.

HAVE THEY TRIED AN OIL FOR THAT

Okay, okay. Maybe that just gets to me. 

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