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  • Welcome, everybody, to our support group for introverts in the age of COVID.

  • Thank you for social distancing.

  • How are you guys doing?

  • Hey, I'm doing okay, I think I'm just a little nervous.

  • Nervous, okay, about what exactly?

  • I'm just not ready for things to be opening up already.

  • Okay, so you think it's unsafe?

  • I don't think so, I just don't wanna have to go back to needing a reason to cancel plans.

  • Oh my gosh, same!

  • Last year my grandma died eight times.

  • Wait, what?

  • I know, it was a nightmare keeping things straight.

  • She had three car accidents, pneumonia, and Dengue fever.

  • I'm shocked I didn't tell someone the same story twice.

  • Maybe I did, and they just assumed my grandpa remarried a lot.

  • Totally.

  • At least now I can say stuff like: "Oh, it's a shame we can't go grab a beer, maybe when things are back to normal."

  • They know I don't mean it, I know I don't mean it, but at least it looks like I made an effort.

  • So, you don't actually want to see your friends again?

  • No, I do, I just like the system we have now.

  • We meet outside a restaurant, we grab takeout, we go to a park and eat away from everybody else.

  • No extra people, it's perfect.

  • You know you can do that anyway, right?

  • That's literally just a picnic.

  • Well, yeah, but right now I have a built-in eject button.

  • So if I'm not feeling up to it on the day of, I just say: "Oh, I've got a little cough, I've got a fever," and boom, two weeks of guilt-free me-time, baby.

  • That is brilliant.

  • What if you guys just turn down plans directly?

  • I don't wanna do that, I'm not great with conflict.

  • It took me two-and-a-half years to tell my dad he was saying my girlfriend's name wrong.

  • We almost broke up over it.

  • Plus, if you keep turning things down, you stop getting invited.

  • Is that a problem?

  • Uh, of course!

  • Just because I don't wanna go doesn't mean I don't wanna be invited.

  • I want to know they're thinking of me from a distance.

  • Exactly!

  • Man, it is great to know I'm not the only person who feels like that.

  • This is a great moment, I'm glad you guys have so much in common.

  • You can work together to get more comfortable at making plans.

  • Maybe after tonight's meeting.

  • That sounds like a great idea, I'd love to, but tonight's not good for me.

  • Oh yeah, yeah, yeah, me neither.

  • In fact, I'm feeling kind of, like, a little bit of a tickle in my throat.

  • Probably nothing, but you can't be too careful.

  • Of course, next time though, for sure.

  • It's just my grandma right now, she's a little bit under the weather.

  • Oh yeah, yeah, definitely, once things are back to normal.

  • We'll do it, and we'll grab a beer.

  • Perfect.

Welcome, everybody, to our support group for introverts in the age of COVID.

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