After a month of abstaining from civilisation, it was time to come out of my cave and interact with my fellow human beings again.

Yep, I’m talking about Semester 2.

Boy, was week 1 awkward. Do you ever just go home, think about your earlier interactions and be like, man, that was painful?

Week 2 isn’t looking any better either.

Exhibit 1: You’re in an awkward situation, and the most awkward thing to do is to deliberately point out HOW awkward the situation is. (and this idiot right here so totally, most absolutely, did not do that, pfffttt)

(sigh, why am I like this)

Also, earlier today, let’s just say I was put in a circumstance where I had to inflict my awkward self onto new people, so I decided to set foot outside of the Comfort Zone and into the wonderful world of Meeting New People (the other safely tucked inside, duh), and it went something like me saying ‘hi’ to this new girl, new girl then reaches her hand out to shake mine, and both of us just stared at each other for a good 3 seconds before we realised we were waiting for the other person to introduce themselves???????

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I tried you guys. I tried.

But all is well because we laughed about it and—

—remember me making a big deal in semester 1 about people having trouble remembering my name? (shameless self-promo)

Guess. What.

Said girl who had to endure my awkward a$$ remembered my name in the end because her mom has the same name, OH AND this dude I met last week also said that his sister shares the same name as me. AW YEA. I remind people of their family, you guys. That’s a good start. ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ

So. I honestly don’t know where my story was getting at but here I am telling you it’s okay to be a little awkward at times. It’s hard putting yourself out there when all you do when you go home is rehash how cringe-worthy your interactions were. Meeting new people is never easy, but how do you find your awkward buddies if you don’t utter a simple hi?

We’re all swimming around like lost fishes, but hey, in the wise words of Dory aka Ellen DeGeneres, just keep swimming. (even though you’ll probably make tons of detours back to Comfort Zone once in a while like me.)

At the end of the day, being introverted isn’t a flaw that has to be overcome, amirite? It’s just part of who you are.

(how did this become a motivational speech, I don’t even know)


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