Ever since I was a kid, my father would tell me to quit being antisocial. To me, I was just playing with my favorite best friend in her room after the bookstudy. I had no desire to sit amongst the bookstudy group and listen to things that didnt interest me.
I had a gay best friend who yearned to find someone to love. He always wanted me to go out to the bars to meet new people, but I preferred sitting home and reading, with my dog by my side. I felt content. He said, "How are you supposed to meet new people if you don't go out and DO it???!" To me, I feel like people are not just coincidentally put in my life. I have about 6 or 7 soul mate friends who I can truly relax around. They know about my jw past, and occasionally it pops up. We can talk about anything, or nothing at all....and its comfortable. Unfortunately, they all live in different states now, and our communication is mainly phone or Skype-based.
So now I'm to the point where I crave more close friendships (closer to where I live). I just feel like I can sense what a person is like from the get-go. Granted, you shouldnt read a book by its cover...Lord knows I dont like it when somebody judges me right off the bat. However, I can usually tell what a person is like after just a little bit.
Last night, my husband wanted to meet-up with a guy from his work....somebody who he'd hung out with a couple times without me. The thing was, the guy was with his ex-wife, whom neither of us had met. Me & hubby were already out and about when the guy texted my hubby. They wanted us to meet them at a posh little resturant, a place that charges twice as much for the drinks because its a 'high end' kind of place. It was just around the corner from where my husband and I were having drinks, and they parked right where we were. As the ex-wife got out, she smiled and seemed friendly enough....but the antisocial girl in me kicked in and I convinced my husband not to meet-up with them. It was obvious that we werent going to have any deep conversations with this chick, and I really didnt feel like being fake. "Hi! Soooo, where are you from? Soooo, how many siblings to you have? Do you like living here?" BLAH BLAH BLAH.
Its not that I didnt like her. Its that I knew we werent going to be long-time buddies and I didnt want to waste my time with shallow conversations. My husband came out with the "You want friends but you dont give people a chance" bit. To me, I work far too much to waste my play time, and I could sense that there was no connection.
On the other hand, maybe I'm just a bit sensitive because I've recently found out that one of my siblings is really, truly, shunning me (going on 9 months now) and has no plans on including me in the family's life. I'm very hurt, and dont want this layer of me to come out when meeting new people.
So what do you think? Am I normally antisocial?...or am I just a social retard...?
ps...I dont close myself in my home 24/7. I own my own business, go to many public functions, everybody knows the shallow part of me...the one who isnt crying inside from being shunned. But I'd say I'm pretty popular in my town. I'm a big fish in a little pond, I suppose. So is hubby.