Over the years I have noticed that it is extremely difficult and painful for me to sign greeting cards. It is an uncomfortable act that I would liken to going to the dentist. I can sign my name just fine, but it's writing a personal message that I don't care for. Fore some reason I really struggle coming up with the words to write in a card.
If the card is for a family member or close friend then it's not an issue, but when it's for an acquaintance or a co-worker who you may not be very close to and several others are signing it too, then I have a hard time. What makes it worse is when people pass a card around for you to sign, you can't just write the exact same thing as everyone else so you have to think up some kind of variation. After several stressful minutes I can usually only come up with something like "Happy Birthday, I hope you have a great one."
Some people are really into greeting cards and others don't care for them. I think they are a nice gesture, but it takes a year off my life each time I try to write a message in them. For that reason I'm a fan of the silly or sappy pre-printed message cards even though some people think just putting your signature on a card is sort of cold hearted. Much of what people write in a birthday card to co-workers can be insincere and repetitious. It's kind of like a High School yearbook signing. "Biology class was great, have an awesome summer. Stay cute and cool and call me". Sound familiar? Sound insincere?
I would almost prefer to sign a condolences card for someone who has just experienced a horrible loss because at least I would have something to say and I could be sincere about the message. I'm curious to know if anyone else suffers from this horrible affliction.