This week I have been something of a social butterfly; between the garden party on Tuesday, a visit from a neighbour on Wednesday and lunch out on Thursday with friends I feel almost normal!

The garden party was lovely, we met up with far more people than I expected to see there that I knew, the glorious weather and beautiful garden obviously drew people out.

Mum and I went for lunch at a local pub on Thursday, a hub for expats in the area, we met up with friends and had a good chinwag over our meal. I tend to remain mostly quiet but try to take in what’s going on and add appropriate comments if I think of them. It was nice to see them though and to get out of the house. We even saw a few people in the supermarket afterwards to chat to!

It may not seem much to you, but for me that’s a super busy week! And today we’re off to dog agility training too, so even more socialising!

It’s something I do find hard; I struggle to make small talk, to just be around people, even friends, but I keep at it because I know it’s important. It’s a life skill and I need to practice it in the hopes that one day it will become easier.

I try to remember if I’ve always been this way, I don’t really remember to be honest, I don’t remember a time before I was mentally ill…

So that was my week, how was yours?

The Reading Residence


  1. Sarah Howe @runjumpscrap

    I have just stumbled over your blog via #wotw. It sounds like a busy week and getting out socialising is great. It definitely sounds like you have pushed a few boundaries which is great. Well done you. Hope next week is as good xx

  2. Kim Carberry

    Well done you….It sounds like you have really pushed yourself and a lovely weekend x

  3. Stephanie

    Sounds a busy, enjoyable and fun week – hope the dog agility went well x #wotw

  4. Ashley Beolens

    As someone who has struggled with mental health in the past I understand just how straining and tiring being social can be, so sounds pretty busy to me 🙂

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