Yes, it is true!
I used to talk a lot. And I mean A LOT! But, it seems, as I get older, I get quieter. It’s not that I want to, it’s just that, after years of having my words dissected and analyzed, I have chosen to sort of keep to myself and speak really if only necessary, which means I tend to only speak to my husband and kids. And I know there are times when they wish I would speak to others instead of them! LOL
Since I work from home, and school my youngest daughter here at home, most of my outside interactions take place here online, and that really only consists of posting in forums and writing the occasional blog post. As for actually socializing with people online, well, I don’t do that. Oh I would like to, don’t get me wrong, but I can’t bring myself to do it. For some strange reason I get hit with intense shyness, which was never one of my traits, and I clam up. I suppose I could blame that on my time spent using FaceBook.
I used to love being on FaceBook, interacting with people that I know personally, as in actually know in person, and with those I only had the pleasure of knowing in this online world. But then I began seeing all the drama that occurs when one person didn’t like what another person posted… And then I had my own drama when people didn’t like what I posted. Slowly, but surely, I began to keep to myself on FaceBook, deleting pretty much everyone off of my friends list, and then finally just deleting FaceBook altogether back on October 1st. Being without the drama has been nice, but I miss my FaceBook page… Not the profile, but my page where I was building up a “fan base” and I am struggling with myself about whether or not I should go back just for that. My will is being tested in that regard!
I am wanting to break out of this cocoon I have wrapped myself in and learn to interact with others again in this online world. I’m not concerned with the offline interactions… I have that covered. But, in this online world, I need to learn how to speak with others, interacting with them on social networks, via blogs… Not in IM’s (I really do detest instant messaging as I am not a Chatter (I don’t even talk on the phone – I have never liked that, not even as a teen-ager!) But, as for IM’s, I don’t have time to sit here and do that real-time chat stuff!
So… As days go, I am going to make a conscious effort to interact more. At least I will be giving it some thought as to how to go about it!
Wish me luck!
Until Next Time…..