Sitting at my daughter’s softball practice, and it becomes blatantly obvious. I have a problem. Call it a side effect of growing up during the millennium, if you will. I’ve always been this way. Some call it shy. Others awkward. Ok, I’ll just say it. I’m socially inept. I suck at making eye contact, striking up a conversation, and keeping a conversation going. But I’m a really good observer though!
Yet, my child is becoming more a part of different activities, such as dance and softball, that gets me interacting with other adults. Adults who I don’t really know. Or know how to get to know. Only now, I see my social ineptitude is reflecting itself in my child. This is a problem.
My best friend can talk for hours on end. Big stuff, small stuff, and everything in between. She’s just like her mom. Whereas I’m just like my mom; I’m content just sitting there for hours listening, occasionally adding a few things in here or there. She’s the one that keeps our conversations going, and she knows it! But with other people, people I don’t know, it’s so hard to be friendly. I guess I don’t really know the point of this post other than to put it out there and maybe get suggestions from non-socially secluded people. 🙂