Join the fun at Lisa-Jo's for Five Minute Friday. (Be sure to check out the "rules" and other participants, too.) This week's topic "connect."
I joke and tell people I am an extrovert in an introvert's body. Or sometimes I say it the other way around. Whatever way you want to look at it, I like being around people, but I don't like big crowds. Crowds intimidate me. The loudest people in the spotlight. The figuring out where to stand or where to sit or how not to look like a wallflower while finding someone to chat with. Somehow I never escaped the fear of fitting in that began in middle school and the horrific dances there.
But I do love people. And being around them (well most of them). I love their stories. I love laughing so hard that no one in the group can catch their breath. I hate when the people I am around are upset, but I will be the first one to start crying with you if I see tears.
Connecting doesn't seem quite the same at this phase of life as it did in fifth grade. But I get moments of it. Coffee with a friend. Someone else coming for dinner. Another texting to pop in for a visit. I am given hope by these interactions with others in my life right now. They remind me that we are not alone in this world.