Originally Posted by hmckin20
ugh i have social anxiety so sometimes it takes a great deal of time and preparation for me to leave the house for something that involves interaction.
usually i'm pretty good at dealing with it by myself (with the exception of the oral exams that i always mess up) but my mom doesn't understand anything about it, thinks it's a bunch of hooey.
which, i just let her ramble on and on about how outgoing she was at my age and i usually don't say anything. but ugh
You're not alone. I'm on meds for social anxiety and a touch of OCD, painful as it is to admit the meds part. I haven't gone to a shopping mall in over 6 years. I don't drive and I don't have a job either right now although I'm a writer hoping to publish before the end of this century, lol. But strangely enough, having these bettas has helped to bring me out of my shell. Maybe it's the need to speak up about the conditions that they're kept in but I'm far more willing to get into uncomfortable situations for their sake than if I was just on my own. I think the way things are today, with the focus on social media and social interaction, just makes social anxiety all the more prevalent because those who are quiet and shy feel so pressured to be outgoing, to be things we're not.
Even though I'll probably never meet any of you in real life, you are all great friends and I'm glad our love of bettas has brought us together.
On a funnier note, all this talk about each of us being hermits reminds me of the old Monty Python sketch about the Hermit Society where all these hermits live on a hill together. :)