Social anxieties

Lately I have found myself saying that I feel like I’m that shy 1st grader, newly transplanted to a new town, new school, new kids to befriend. I am certainly not that shy girl anymore. If this whole plunge into deafness and visual impairment has taught me anything, it’s how to talk to new people (doctors, nurses, receptionists, etc.). But still that 1st grader rears her frizzy toothless head every now and then. I’m slowly making new friends here in this new town, in this new neighborhood, but not all that gracefully. I feel like I’m stumbling and tripping as I do it. It makes for awkward moments, but either no one notices or they are comforted to learn they are not alone. I just hope it’s the latter.
What do you think? Am I too old to be feeling this way? Does it matter?

4 thoughts on “Social anxieties”

  1. I think it is pretty normal. And I think most people don’t notice. And if they do…it is because they struggle with the same. Does it matter? Not in the grand scheme of things. You keep plugging along no matter what.

  2. I have that feeling even more lately as I don’t go out that much. I definitely think a move will make you feel insecure. It did when I moved to Kalamazoo at first.

  3. I certainly believe you’re quite normal in all this…and not alone. I think it has more to do with being out of practice and needing some confidence. Talking to the doctors, nurses, receptionists is easy: they expect you to. Making new friends, though…just get back on the bike and you’ll see you still have it πŸ˜‰

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