Now, this isn’t always true for me, but there are certain situations where this is definitely the case. I tend to start feeling pretty anxious if I’m around too many people for too long (this is why I didn’t go to many parties in college), and it’s in these situations where I almost always prefer the company of a book. Books don’t get drunk and throw their arms around me and try to force me to drink beer; they sit quietly and let me turn their pages and absorb their knowledge at my own pace. There’s no awkwardness with books, no wondering if it would be appropriate for me to start or jump into a conversation; with books, it’s always appropriate to jump into the conversation. That’s kinda the point.
I don’t dislike people. I like them very much, actually—especially some in particular. But I generally don’t like being in a huge crowd of people, even if I like them all and feel comfortable with them all. I’d just rather sit and chat with a few people at once rather than trying to handle them all at the same time.
Anyone else feel like this? I feel like some people pity me for feeling this way, but it works for me. What works for you?by