|a shopping trip to the pretty town of Brigg|
I’m exhausted! Three days of socialising is too much for a shy introvert like me. Monday was Art Club and end of term lunch, Tuesday a trip to the shops and lunch, and then coffee morning today. The ladies in the village are determined to get me out and about and I’m certainly not going to turn down their efforts to make friends with me.
Socialising and small talk doesn’t come easily to me. I have spent a lifetime denying the fact that I am an introvert, pursuing careers that were very much about interacting with other people – nursing, law enforcement, public relations and my last reincarnation as a corporate HR Manager. When I took early retirement at the ripe old age of 49 we moved to France and I was happy to hide away in my ivory tower in the countryside and enjoy a hassle free, bucolic existence.
Now I am making an effort to be part of a community again. No man is an island.
|my new friends think I'm a bit of a lush!|
I am with you there. Left to my own devices, I would stay at home and not talk to anyone. I am not really antisocial, just shy!ReplyDelete
It's nice to know that I'm not the only one that feels like this.Delete
Enjoy their company. It's nice to think that they welcome you Sue, and want to get to know you. The pleasure of living in a small village as opposed to a large town or city.ReplyDelete
I'm quite happy left to my own devices too - being an only child made me very independent, but it is good to catch up with friends from time to time.
I think we probably need a few friends around us as we get older.Delete
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I always think of myself as shy, but I think it's just a remnant of the past. I probably haven't been shy since I was a child. I tend to be quiet, but that's not quite the same. It's so nice that your village wants you to be a part of it. Balance, as always - time to yourself and time for friends.Delete
That balance is hard to achieve sometimes.Delete
That's village life for you Sue.ReplyDelete
This is a lovely neighbourhood, we were lucky to find it.Delete
I went to Brigg a couple of years ago. The town's little museum was well worth visiting. There's a huge prehistoric boat in there. By the way, I think I am a bit like you. I like peacefulness instead of parties and I don't mind my own company at all.ReplyDelete
That museum sounds interesting, I would like to see the boat.Delete
I find social situations, especially where I don't know people well, somewhat awkward and something I tend to avoid. I'm not great at small talk. Speak publicly in front a big crowd? No problem. Stand in front of a class of kids? Can do it in my sleep. Meet new, small group of adults? A different story! -Jenn (Nice that they are trying to include you, though)ReplyDelete
A class of kids? Now that is scary!Delete
I am normally a hermit, but my oldest is with us at the moment, and I've been forced to be sociable. I'm exhausted.ReplyDelete
Sounds like you talk well at job interviews to have achieved that selection.ReplyDelete
People recognised a class act when they saw one!Delete
I was shy when young then got a bit better at socialising but now that I am older I can be a bit of a hermit. I find it hard to make the effort to socialise and could very easily choose not to but usually find that once I am there I enjoy it. As you say it is all about balance. I too would choose wine over coffee.ReplyDelete
It would be very easy for me to hide away completely.Delete
I went to Brigg yesterday. My dentist is there. Such a nice young man.ReplyDelete
It was my first visit to the town. Where abouts are you in Lincolnshire?Delete