Just thought I should drop in and say hi. I've been a lurker here (and on a site or two like this) for years but I always felt kind of bad about just sort of hovering around the community without interacting. So here I am, finally.
I'm 17, soon to be a full-fledged adult (no!), and I've always been really, really shy. It didn't used to be as bad as it has gotten, but something in my early teen years or so made me become reclusive and I'm just now learning how to get over it, with a lot of help from friends.
I also used to be severely agoraphobic; it got so bad that I was afraid to leave my room. Luckily, that's mostly gone but I still seem to feel apprehensive more than I should about traveling.
I come from the great land known as the rural US. As much as it sucks to be so far away from everything I can't imagine myself living in a city. Of course, I say that now and I guarantee I'll end up there.
I tend to have weird hobbies. I study foreign languages and psychology in my spare time and I love old computers and retro gaming.
And I also have an affinity for excess parentheses (as you can probably tell )
But why am I here now? Well, to be honest, like I said I've lurked around here every know and then for years (back before it was hosted at adisc.org), and I never signed up before now because I stayed paranoid. But I guess becoming "grown up" soon has made me grow into more of my own person and not care as much.
Frankly in some ways I can't wait to grow up so I can "grow down" a little bit more freely.
Sorry if I don't post here much in the future. I hope that doesn't come off as being a creepy stalker, I just usually don't have a lot to say.
Nice to meet y'all.