It’s almost time for SPX, so I’m reblogging this from last year.
I took a lot of flack last year for the bit about how you can throw away things people give you for free. I stand by it and in fact I have doubled down on it in the face of criticism. BE NICE and GRACIOUS when someone gives you something, thank them sincerely. That’s the only thing they’ll know or remember. If you don’t like it or don’t want it, they won’t see you tossing it in the recycling bin later. I promise they won’t know.
The stuff about social anxiety and panicking is really important, too. My anxiety has me a bit more jumpy than usual lately, and I’m fully prepared to take little breaks where I go someplace quiet for a few minutes. I’ve decided to reframe “being anti-social because I don’t want to see people” as “exercising self-care because I want to be calm enough to enjoy low-key friendship times.” Same behavior, just a new context that removes the guilt and shame component. It turns out there’s no moral imperative to spend time in loud, crowded rooms!
Another tip: try to get your friends’ phone numbers ahead of time so you can text them to make plans, if possible. A little emailing now saves a lot of “where u guys at” tweets this weekend.
I love you all, I love SPX, see many of you soon!
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