I believe that I know myself very well. I don’t mean that in the obvious way, but in the sense that I know how I will react to things, why I react that way (even if I cannot change it) and I am honest with myself about my strengths and weaknesses. Of course I will be blind or disillusioned about some things, but I think I acknowledge my traits more than a lot of people acknowledge theirs.
That said, there are still occasions where I surprise myself! The situation which prompted this was in Kings X tube station this morning. I have a moderate tolerance for things. I will confess to getting easily irritated by people walking slowly. So, this morning, everyone was dawdling and taking so long. There was no space to overtake and walking down the stairs to the platform (hearing a train pull in no less), the pace got even slower. As all this was happen, I had a sudden overwhelming urge to just kick the person in front of me and have a mini-strop. I would like to stress here that I a) didn’t and b) wouldn’t – I don’t succumb to random attacks of rage. However, it amused me! So much in fact, I forgot I was annoyed at then walking slowly.