Inside a flaky person’s head

Flakier than a freshly-baked croissant.

Kristen Lazarte

Published: 31 May 2016, 12:57 AM

Flaky people are often the worst. You could give me a medal for being the world’s flakiest person, and there’s still an 80 per cent chance I might not turn up for my own honouring ceremony.

I know, it’s annoying to make plans with me and constantly worrying about whether I’ll turn up, or exasperating when I call you 30 minutes before to tell you that I won’t be coming because of a “sprained” ankle.

If you’ve always found it difficult to understand us, here’s a first-hand insight into real reasons why flaky people keep cancelling on you.

1. We just want some time to ourselves

I confess that sometimes I make plans in advance, thinking that on that day I’ll be fun and energetic and raring to go. Then the day rolls around and I’m still watching a rerun of Girls and stuffing my face with chocolate after a long, hard week at work.

I would really rather cancel than get up and get ready, especially since I’ve got to wear a whole face of makeup and put on another personality to entertain you. I’m normally responsible and punctual for work, but for social events? Ugh, not so much.

2. Bad memory

Yes, it really happens. Sometimes we’re just so preoccupied with weekly planning and schedules and classes and gym that we forget all about hanging out with you.



It’s not that we hate you or don’t want to hang out, it’s just that sometimes we get so overwhelmed with everything that’s happening that it slipped our mind. Plus, cancelling a yoga class would incur a $20 fee so… I’m really, really, really sorry!

3. We are "yes" people

I can’t bring myself to say no, especially when someone asks me something in person. My mind screams “NO!!!” but my body get anxious and my mouth says “yes”.

I know it’s such a bad attribute but I always feel like I’m hurting the person if I say: “No, I think I need a break from you for a few months.” So I’d rather confirm our date, and then back out when the date draws near.

I know I’m such a horrible person.

4. Actual plans surface unexpectedly



Sometimes it’s inevitable! I know I’m not trustworthy anymore since I’m always flaking out, but my relative genuinely died that day and I unfortunately had to push back our plans.

I swear I really wanted to meet you this time!

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