I’m a talker. If you look at me, I will smile at you. I am a group facilitator! I initiate conversations for a living. I look for the in. I find ways for people to connect. I chat with many people through out my day. My socialization starts with my morning work out. I have been going to the same gym for 15 years. The daily banter starts the minute I walk in the door. But not today. I’m at a different gym. As I look around and realized I don’t know anyone, I felt a little uncomfortable. This experience is something I have been dealing with a lot lately. My new job requires me to attend meetings where I don’t know anyone. I constantly feel like the new kid as I walk in and assess the crowd. Where should I sit? Who looks friendly? Who will I eat lunch with? I am at this unfamiliar gym because it’s closer to one of those meetings I will attend after my workout. I will put energy into meeting new people then. Right now I am going to enjoy the quiet. I am going to keep to myself and do my thang. After I finish my blogging while doing cardio, I will march down to the weight room. I will still smile and say hello if someone else goes first. But for the next hour I’m going to enjoy some alone time. When was the last time you did something by yourself?