Why do strangers ask me how I am?
They don’t really want to know.
I don’t really want to tell them.
Some don’t bother waiting for a reply.
They just ask out of habit.
What else do people do just out of habit? Unconsciously?
People need to start living more consciously. More intentionally.
I’m uncomfortable a lot.
I give a lot of one-word answers when I’m not comfortable.
I’m not good at small talk.
I’m bad at letting people know when a conversation is over.
I’m not good at reading people’s emotions. I might be slightly autistic.
I have trouble finding the right words.
Sometimes I st-st-stutter. I trip over my tongue.
I’m not friendly. Not because I don’t like someone. I’m not sure what’s appropriate, so I err on the side of caution.
I get wrapped up in my own thoughts. I don’t like being interrupted. I get annoyed.
I don’t like talking to strangers. It’s stressful. It’s uncomfortable.
If you hi to me on the street and I don’t recognize you you’ll probably get a strange reaction. Don’t take it personally.
I’m just incredibly awkward.
I need a lot of time to myself. Being around people drains my energy. Being alone recharges me. When I don’t get time to myself I get tired, frustrated.
I generally prefer small groups when I am with people. I enjoy being around my family the most.
I don’t like dealing with strangers.
I’m not good at talking. Especially small talk. I’m better at writing. It gives me time to think about what I want to say. I can go back and edit/proofread it.
Talking on the phone is the worst. I lose the benefits of talking to someone in person without gaining any of the benefits of writing.
A lot of the things I enjoy are one-person activities: video games, programming, surfing the intarwebs, reading, model building, drawing, writing, etc.
I hate talking on the phone. I’ve been doing professionally for twelve years.
I’m an extreme introvert. Talking to strangers on the phone all day is DRAINING.
I’m shy. I avoid talking to strangers.
I’m incredibly awkward. I’m no good at small talk. Sometimes it’s hard to end conversations.
I’m sensitive. I talk to angry people. They take it out on me. I take it personally.
My job doesn’t leave me energy to do what I want to do.
I’m afraid to quit. Talking on the phone is my only real professional experience. I hate it, but I need to pay rent, bills, etc.
I’m not sure how much longer I can take it.