Not rude, just quiet.

It’s something I’ve heard before, from both strangers and acquaintances alike. I’m not a talkative person, and I have a touch of social anxiety, so when I’m in a situation where I don’t know people or someone just starts talking to me, out of the blue, I have a difficult time carrying on a conversation. I’ve lived in my neighborhood for going on nine years now, and I don’t know any of our neighbors by name except one. Maybe it’s because I was born and raised in Chicago, in a very urban environment, and had been taught from a young age not to talk to strangers unless they were a cop or firefighter, I don’t know. I’ve been called rude, icy, standoffish, unfriendly, you name it. It’s difficult to articulate to people face-to-face why small talk is sometimes hard for me. If I know you, that’s great. I’m great fun if we’re friends.

I don’t have that problem online. I’ve made a lot of great friends on Twitter, none of whom I’ve ever met, but through text, I can talk to anyone, just like I’m talking to all of you. If all my readers were sitting in the same room with me, though…..


One comment

  1. Elaine's Bloggers Paradise · January 2, 2017

    All you need to do is smile at your neighbors 😄


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