Reverb 12: Day 21

Kat at Tenaciously Yours has posted information about “a prompt-a-day series for the month of December that is meant to give us all the chance to reflect on 2012 and the opportunity to write down our hopes and dreams for the coming year.” Her post and the details are here.  I have fallen behind in Reverb 12 posts, but am going to attempt to catch up…

Look: Sometimes you are left standing on the outside looking in.  As you stood there, on the other side of the glass, were you thankful for the boundary?  Or do you wish you could’ve been on the action-side?

I found this a tricky one to answer. As an introvert, I almost always feel like I’m on the outside looking in, especially in groups, because I tend to hang back and take it all in rather than being in the center of the action. Usually, I’m okay with that. Sometimes, though, it just…feels awkward.

Over the past few months, my husband and I have started hosting other couples and families in an effort to – basically – make friends, as we have both neglected our social lives while I was in school. One night we had a friend (let’s call him Lance) and his daughter over for supper, and ended up calling up a couple that we both know, but who Lance knows better (sorry – I just got lost in the proper plural/singular forms, so that sentence might be a mess). It was fine, but since the couple we called knows Lance way better than we do, there ended be a lot of inside jokes that they shared that my husband and I were left out of.  Not that it was done purposefully – it just…was.

I suspect that as my husband and I work on making friends this year, this sense of being outside will be a common one, and we’ll just have to get comfortable with the awkwardness of it.


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