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  • I am painfully shy, introverted.
    Mostly, it doesn't serve me well.
    People usually think I'm
    standoffish or just plain stuck-up.

    So I sit at one of those
    family gatherings,
    ....where you're suppose to
    make small talk.
    Which I hate.
    Stupid conversations.
    About nothing.
    And I don't mean the Seinfeld
    stories about nothing...
    because those I like - those are funny.

    So...some woman I don't know,
    have never met before,
    makes a comment to me about
    how everyone just sits and stares at their phone. No one has
    conversations anymore.
    Mind you, besides me, there are
    just two kids sitting there.

    So, I'm thinking - 'Everyone?
    Don't you mean me, since I'm the only other adult sitting here?'

    Then she gets up and laughs
    nervously and says,
    "Just kidding!"

    I look up and stare at her
    and she says it again,
    "Just kidding," and laughs nervously and touches my arm!

    Tell me, why do complete strangers think they can touch you?

    So I say, "No, you're not."
    "You're telling the truth."

    Not knowing what to say, she walks past me and doesn't
    speak to me again till the end of
    the night when she is leaving.
    She comes up and says,
    "I'm a hugger," as she grabs me.
    (Not giving me a chance to say, "I'm not a hugger, especially with some rude obnoxious stranger).

    Why do complete strangers think they can touch you!

    People think I'm anti-social
    and I guess I am.
    If I walk into a room with
    a lot of people I just cringe inside.
    I don't like parties.
    I actually don't like being with more than two or three people at a time.

    I feel exactly like this
    little sea horse.
    I just want to run and hide.
    Leave me alone, please.

    Thank God another social gathering is over. I'm alone now.
    Relief.
    A big huge sigh of relief.
    Sigh.
    I can breathe again.
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