I write a decent amount about my social anxiety and the troubles I have at being surrounded by people. But being surrounded by people isn’t always a bad thing. When it is the right people that are surrounding you, that can make all the difference.
A common misconception about introverts is that we hate being around people. In truth, we love being around people when those people share close intimate connections with us. In other words, we get just as much value from quality time with friends and family as others. However, it is the small talk and the b.s. that seems prevalent in so many of the passing conversations and connections that occur that we hate.
And now, thanks to the internet, we are able to connect with other like minded people without leaving our house, which is beneficial in reminding us all that we are not alone.
I wrote this post mostly as a thank you to the wonderful people I have in my life, who tolerate the oddities of my particular brand of mental illness, while making the burden of my struggle so much easier to handle. They are living proof that sometimes being surrounded by people is a good thing.