#1 Engaging with strangers
What happens when you talk a lot? In most cases, you end up talking a lot, because it’s in the genes and not a day goes by without talking! But what happens when you don’t a lot, or don’t talk at all? You end up not talking at all and there is no much difference to the day if you haven’t talked to somebody.
“You don’t talk much, do you?“, said a guy who spent a couple of days with me and in his retrospect, he made me his friend, the first day itself. That was an interesting conversation.
“Hi, I am Jackson“
“Hey, I am AK, nice to meet you”
*After exchanging niceties and work stuff*
“Has anybody talked to you like I did? No, right?“
*confused, I replied* “I guess No”.
“See, you are feeling comfortable talking with me. And we have become friends already! Don’t you agree?”
*wait, what just happened?* “Oh yes! We are friends.”
Being said that he never invited me to anything when he went out on weekends. I did drop in a few ideas, since we both we new to the city, he chose his “friends” (aka colleagues) over me. Well, he was a good friend, is he not? Because he was the one very concerned about me as I talked so less that it scared him. But in three weeks, not even once he did invite, but always placed his piece of mind what I should do on the table.
What happens when two introverts meet?
There is complete awkward silence.
You become that push that breaks their threshold barrier.
Apparently, I was that push to this new found friend. In the previous bloggers meet, I came across this guy who like me was waiting and we were standing just beside each other. Well, he started the conversation with an introduction. I was busy charging my phone till that moment. But then after a couple of exchanges, you get to know what kind of a person they are. He spoke so openly and about everything he had in mind, about everything he wanted to talk about. No barriers that we,introverts have, that I have.
#2 Engaging with crush
None of the million crushes I had wanted to talk let alone get a cup of coffee. I mean its’ their loss., right? *sobs silently*
#3 Engaging with people I know from Twitter
Drowning in the company of myself while everybody else were socializing, I was swarmed by a couple of Twitteratis, people who have come to know me from the Twitter engagement. I was kind of mind blown when they were searching for me, and someone wanted to meet me, ME, ME, MEEE ( wait, are they serious? )
“Are you like shy?”, Purba Ray asked.
*not being prepared for this question I immediately replied without much thought* “Kind of yes”.
“Oh god, you speak so soft!”, was her reply.
Besides, everyone who has interacted with me on twitter and then in real have had a hard time adjusting to the silent treatment that I had been pulling. No, it is not by choice. It is how I am wired. It takes certain time to be as open as others and then I pull their legs. No, no actual talk, whatsoever.
#4 Engaging with friends
I have forgotten how this used to go. I used to have friends. But then times changes and people went apart leaving me at the epicenter. Apparently, everyone I meet now already has a circle of friends and I think they love it keep it that way. Well, no complaints there. Have fun, acquaintances.
The reality takes a hard blow to settle in. But it is a constant reminder of what we have and what we do not. If you have observed ( which you haven’t. Whom am I kidding, right? ) I have been tweeting and ranting a lot of Facebook posts, revolving around #ForeverAlone. This is a reality, not something I just say for the sake of saying. Well, I make fun of it, all the time. People make fun of it, in return. All is fair as long as no one gets hurt.
So why are you alone?
You find ppl around u… Immature and not up to your mark?
This revelation from a friend shocked me when he asked me over the Facebook chat. “It’s not about the meeting the expectation or not upto mark, its about talking, its about understanding, its about being there!”, I replied politely.
Besides this, I guess the engagement is pretty much low with friends ( that I once had ).
Rules of Engagement
1. The first rule of engagement is talk.
2. The second rule of engagement is talk.
… that’s pretty much it. Everything else just falls in place if those two rules are followed.
If you have survived till here, you are great. Thanks for engaging.
Here is something that people had to tell about me about a couple of years ago :