May 2019
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overwhelmed and ineffectual / cowardly and shit at making friends


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I've been so overwhelmed this week; social without a break and a lot of that social was stressful. Last night I had planned to read for class and write and LJ, but instead I just watched hour after hour of Netflix. I couldn't get myself to stop, until an hour past when I had intended to go to sleep. I'm not entirely sure if the problem is meds-fail or emotional exhaustion or both. I hate it. But it helped to be uselessly absorbing for a while. I was able to finally do some necessary things today (bills and cleaning).

I went to my black feminisms class today which was really fantastic as usual; we talked about friendship and at one point, one of the professors asked everyone who wanted deep meaningful friendship to raise their hands. Everyone did. All but two of that class are people I think I'd like to be friends with. I wanted to ask people afterwards... even just one, but I couldn't do it. I left, and once I got to the parking deck I just started crying. I felt so useless and cowardly. I just can't initiate friendship in person: online is all I know how to do. I feel like someone who can't perform the most basic task of socializing. And I feel shamed because of the social attitude that online communication or online anything is inferior. So I don't want to make my inferior invitation to friendship.

Also I seem to always fail when I try to make friends. The only ones that have stuck are ones that reached out to me first. I have so many failed attempts. I'm not actually passive at starting friendship, I just fail constantly. I don't get it. Am I shit at choosing people? Or is there some quality that only exists if people initiate with me? Does no one take the way I initiate seriously? Or what? why can't I overcome this? maybe the strangeness is in the other direction, that I try to match or exceed the amount of effort the other has invested, but most people don't.

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zimtkeks ══╣╠══
Social norms can make things so complicated. I remember that as kids we just went up to someone and asked whether they wanted to be friends, and then we went from there.
But now people would probably think that is weird. There have to be all these baby steps of getting closer ...
Maybe you could go for a meal or a drink after one of the next classes and casually ask if anyone else would like to join you?
Oh, and I don't agree with society's opinion that online contacts are generally inferior. I don't like the term "real life", either. My online contacts are an important part of my real life, and some of them are way more meaningful than the conversations I experience face to face.
Also I find that the clearer you are in your thought, feelings, wishes, etc., the more reflective you are, the harder it is to find suitable companions, because it demands a lot.
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belenen ══╣interconnectedness╠══
yesss, I am glad that you agree about online connections.

It does demand a lot. I wish people would be intrigued more often but usually they're just intimidated or repulsed.
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