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?