Hello, World! (Greetings from a Shut-In)

Hello, World!

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(Scroll below for the TL;DR summation of this post)

Do you guys get it? Because “Hello, World” is, like, the first piece of syntax that beginner programmers are taught to output when learning a new computer language? Like making your low-key, grand entrance into the world and letting others know? Ha ha yes? Ha ha no?

Why am I even expecting some kind of answer right now? I am clearly writing to nobody at the moment, but this will eventually be published on my newly-minted blog so some hapless internet wanderer will read it and cringe at my awful introduction before hastily clicking away and deleting their visit to this blog from their internet history!

I do hope my first two paragraphs don’t cause you to go to such great lengths, though, dear hapless wanderer!

But all that aside, let’s carry on! Nice to meet you! How do you do? You can call me “The Well-Rounded Dabbler,” or just “Dabbler” to save you the jaw flexing exertion.

I am actually not a well-rounded connoisseur by any means, though. I HOPE to be, and that’s part of the reason I have started this blog.

I have been a bit of a shut-in for the past 7 years of my life — I am currently of college-age — and as I finally break out of my shell (my room) and dip my toes into foreign waters (the cement or grass in the outside world), I realize that I have missed out on so much of my youth because I have been so afraid of society.

I have decided that I don’t want to continue to waste away the precious years I have left of however long my life is, and that I want to try and make an effort to reach out to and connect with others, and do something significant with my life.

I think we all dream about doing that one great thing that will have made our lives worth living and that will leave a lasting impact on others’ lives. At the moment, I want to focus on reacquainting myself with society and trying to learn about different topics, ranging from TV shows, politics, current events, sports, and the arts to more academic things like math, science, history, literature, and research.

Currently, my greatest struggle as someone that has spent so long without human interaction is  that I have no idea how to talk to people without coming off as incredibly awkward or just staring at someone for uncomfortably long pauses while trying to think about how to start or maintain a conversation. AND on the off-chance that I DO manage to carry a conversation, most topics that tend to be common knowledge to everyone else, is completely new to me, and I feel so out of touch with what the rest of the world is up to. I don’t know or  I can’t do things that seemingly comes naturally to other people, and it frustrates me.

I would like to take the steps to improve myself, and I felt that starting a blog where I can, in some form, “take notes” on or write about new things I have learned will benefit me greatly. So, I suppose, this is a self-help blog more than anything. If anyone ever finds anything of interest in whatever I have written, I will be very glad!

So thank you very much if you have actually read through this epic piece of dissertation-like essay of an introduction that borders on the length of the “Terms and Agreements” contracts that nobody ever seems to read and just clicks the “I Accept” button on the dialog box for installing new software. Really, thank you.

And for your benefit, I have also added a TOO LONG; DIDN’T READ recap of everything that I just said:

TL;DR –

HIIIII!!!! I’M THE DABBLER, BEEN A HERMIT FOR THE PAST 7 YRS OF MY LIFE, I’M A COLLEGE-AGED GIRL  WITH NO COMMON SENSE AND MUCH SOCIAL AWKWARDNESS, TRYING TO SUCCESSFULLY LEARN HOW TO ADULT, CUZ HOW DO YOU EVEN, AMIRIGHT!? THIS IS A SELF-HELP BLOG AND IMMA WRITE OBSERVATIONS ON ANYTHING THAT INTERESTS ME, TEACH MYSELF STUFF, AND TRY TO RECONNECT WITH SOCIETY CUZ THE REST OF MY PEERS GREW UP  AND I’M STUCK IN 2009. (written in 2016)

So follow along, whether to laugh at my clumsy attempts to dive back into society or lend me some encouragement as I try to teach myself things I should have learned long ago had I not let my social anxiety take over.

\(^_~)/     PLEASED TO MEET YOU, (hopefully) KIND STRANGER

Signed,

The Dabbler

 

 

 

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17 thoughts on “Hello, World! (Greetings from a Shut-In)

  1. Hello! I came here searching for some info about you because I was curious and I was not disappointed. I’m happy to see you’re venturing out of your comfort zone. I absolutely understand social anxiety 100%. I hope society doesn’t disappoint you too much (a lot to ask, I know). Welcome to WordPress!

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  2. Right there with ya my friend. Made my first post yesterday so I can relate. Social awkwardness is my modus operandi, which is why I love to stay in my comfort zone behind a teetering pile of books. Congrats on making it into the interwebz, I hope you enjoy it!

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  3. Hey!

    It seems like that time of year for people to get back in touch with themselves and their inner bloggers, doesn’t it? It was a pleasure to read this; you can always look at your blog as a haven of sorts as you explore new experiences in this breaking-out-of-your-shell you’re doing!

    You got this. 🙂

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  4. That was really cute! I’ve experienced very similar levels of “social anxiety” as described in this post. It sucks. And you described them perfectly well. But you know what? Eventually you get to connect with something bigger and greater and higher. And by trusting that genuine desire to connect with others – girl, just keep trusting that. The greater it is your will to connect with others truthfully, the more naturally that will start to happen. That’s what life has taught me so far, to be perfectly honest.

    So you’re off to a great start. Connect. Let us know of your latest insights. This may be seemed as “virtual networking”, but most real-life-human-interaction is VERY “virtual” and artificial, too.

    Best regards! ❤

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  5. Thanks for liking my post! After reading yours, I feel like we have much in common. College introverts, like writing, awkward, and list goes on. I’ll keep an eye out for more of your posts!

    Regards,

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  6. I love your post! Good Luck. I’ve been socially awkward for too many years to count. Somehow I’ve made it this far and somehow great life stuff cancels out the anxiety. Love and hugs to you.

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  7. Welcome to WordPress!

    I can sympathize with your position on talking to people, haha. It’s still not easy for me but I’ve gotten a lot better at it as of late. But hey, I just wanted to say that I appreciate you stopping by my blog and checking in on my journey. I’ll definitely be by to check in on yours.

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  8. Hello Dabbler! This sounds like it’ll be a great journey for you. The reasons you’ve started a blog is why so many of us have done so. So if it’s worth anything, you’re not completely on your own. Enjoy yourself, you’ve got good times ahead 🙂

    Thanks for liking my post [http://wp.me/p268u8-RW].

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