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365 Days of Pictures Which Make Me Smile #2

January 2nd, 2016 at 05:10 pm

One thing I really enjoy is listening to music. Especially live music. Free is even better. Smile

So tonight I made it over to the church for a free concert. Overall, it was a really good concert. Kind of low-key and quiet Christian focused music. Both Matt and Josie were very talented, playing a variety of instruments.

This is Josie who I think wrote all of the songs.

This is her husband Matt who did most of the talking and played at least 5 different instruments.
After the concert was a soup/supper and board games. I totally planned on staying - for the board games. Even planned on that being my picture for tomorrow. But ... my introvertedness won out.

After more than a 1 1/2 years of going to this church while waiting for the soup/supper portion to begin, I still felt completely out of place and alone. I tried. I really tried to stay. I even tried getting busy by helping in the kitchen, but they didn't really need any help.

In the end, I couldn't stay. It sure reminded me of why I've never liked potlucks. There's only been one place in my entire life where I didn't mind staying for potlucks - where I felt I really fit - that was my last church in TX. Of course, even if I were to go back now, 5 years later, many of the people who were there then are gone. So it would be different.

One interesting thing though - I saw one of the people who comes to buy passes for the door to door service van at the concert. He's the one who when the elevator was broken attempted to climb up the stairs by pulling himself up them backwards ... Color me surprised.

5 Responses to “365 Days of Pictures Which Make Me Smile #2”

  1. MonkeyMama Says:

    The concert sounds nice!

  2. ceejay74 Says:

    I feel you on the shyness. I sometimes wonder where I'd be if I hadn't met AS. She hasn't transformed me, exactly, but she's made me a lot better over the years. Plus, she's WITH me at most social functions, so I can kind of piggyback onto her outgoingness. I did a similar thing in high school and college with outgoing friends. If you can find just one extrovert to tag along with, it's very helpful for making more friends (and enjoying yourself more at public outings).

  3. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    It was MM!

    Ceejay - I think that's kind of what happened to me at the church in TX - a 67 yo woman befriended me who was the definition of extrovert. Through her I was able to not only integrate myself into the church body by finding ways to be helpful/useful, but I also almost always had someone to sit with/talk to at events/church services.

    It would make it so much easier in some ways if NE would/could come with me to some of these things ... though he's more shy than I am in some ways.

  4. CB in the City Says:

    I think it's very difficult to go to a church alone. It is a very couples & family-oriented institution, and I don't think the established members realize how sidelined single people feel. It's the only place I feel awkward after many years as a single, and my BFF, who has also been a single for many years, totally agrees.

  5. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Thanks CB. Yes, it really is oriented to families/couples. People who are single or come alone for one reason or another aren't really recognized as much. Most of the time it doesn't bother me too much - but then times like Saturday night, it hits hard.

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