Some of my friends might ask me if I feel often lonely as I live alone in my small house. It’s common to think that people need to mingle with others in order to have a good social life. Going to a little party called ‘arisan,’ hanging out in a cozy cafe, or going to a church or mosque, is one of many ways to meet people and keep connecting to the world.

Most of people might think it’s fun and they enjoy those kinds of activities. But, not me.

Since my childhood, I had no lots of friends. Meeting new people is such a horror experience to me. My mom used to call a child like this as ‘clingus.’ When relatives came to our house, I tended to hide in my room, refused to be introduced to them.

My mom usually told me, “When I was at your age, I was so brave and friendly. Look, now I have so many friends. How come you are so shy like this?!” She just criticized my personality without giving me solutions to be a more cheerful and warmer kid.

As I was growing up, my personality wasn’t as bad as when I was younger. I started to have friends at senior high and at college as the way to survive. Yeah, having a good social life, have a networking is a must or without it you will die.

Today, after graduated, I have to meet people and students everyday because of my occupation. I’m a teacher at a certain institution.