Remember how I decided to host a National Night Out celebration because I am naturally shy and am trying to change that? Well, I did it. Last Tuesday, I pulled out the folding table, bought some ice and plastic chip serving bowls, and met the neighbors. Maybe 10 of them anyway. There was some awkwardness. A lot of awkwardness, but I don’t think much of it was coming from me! I felt pretty successful at the end of the night. Not going to lie, I was surprised by how many of my neighbors didn’t come out. I have some new ones just one house down, and I saw them by the window looking out, but they didn’t come over. Hey guys, I’m trying to be friendly here!
It was kind of interesting that most of the people who did stop by had had similar life trajectories to us – used to live in our old neighborhood before getting out of school/getting a career/getting married and moving to our current neighborhood due buying a house, but still liking the city. So I guess there are a couple people to say hi to now if we ever notice each other while out walking.
Although the steps in the process were super easy, I had a lot of anxiety when I thought about doing any of it. I had to psych myself up for everything including sending out notices online, creating (and especially distributing) the flier, and actually sitting out waiting for people to show up. Thankfully, my neighbor who volunteered to help was a chatty. I am so glad I did this because it was an overwhelmingly positive experience, and I know that next time I decide to pretend to be outgoing it will be easier. Eventually, I might even become for outgoing for real!
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