Career Talk

And here is a picture of a duck.

And here is a picture of a duck.

I can tell that it has been a while since I’ve done anything social: today I looked at my calendar and realized that I had penciled in a “Career Talk” hour for around lunchtime and subsequently forgotten all about it. 

For a while I dithered about whether or not I should go: it wasn’t like I had RSVPd for it or anything so no one would notice if I didn’t show up, but I would know and feel guilty for not following up on an opportunity with no other excuse that I didn’t really feel like leaving the apartment. This is one of the down sides to being an Introvert: it’s very easy to fall out of the social habit.

Several months ago my calendar was full of outings, sometimes several in one day, and I didn’t give a second thought to whether or not I planned to go: they were on the calendar therefore I was going to go to them. In May I decided it was time for a step back to regroup and spent several weeks blissfully guilt free at seeing no one and going nowhere. Recently, I have been feeling the need to get back in touch with the wider world so I signed up for a handful of free events: including today’s Career Talk. It is clear, however, that I’m out of practice with social activities because I am actually feeling nervous! 

Anyway, the stakes are low: it is a free, one hour, open forum event talking about how to get a job in the film business. As far as I know it isn’t designed to be a socializing event (as in requiring a lot of small talk- though it will be good socializing practice for me) so it will be a good chance to “practice” being out in the world again. 

It feels a little funny to be a grown-a** woman and still to need to “practice” being social, but that’s part of who I am as an Introvert. Practice may or may not make perfect when it comes to being social, but I’ve discovered that practice does help make comfort- and that can hide a multitude of social errors. 

~ by Gwydhar Gebien on June 25, 2013.

One Response to “Career Talk”

  1. One wonders how someone so introverted finds a mate who won’t quit on them and fits their puzzle piece. I too need to practice being more social. I get enough kicks in the shin for not doing more socializing. Some are aftershocks from years past. I can hear old voices telling me how pathetic I am for not trying. But, I can’t say I’ve had the best experiences when I did try whether it was an anxiety attack or just bad luck that stopped me.

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