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So let's talk about me.

In a lot of ways, this is my very favorite part about coming to the boards -- learning about where people share experiences and have been on the path that I seem to be on, perhaps a little ahead, perhaps a little behind.

FirstLock sounds pretty similar to DD, who suffers from a variety of anxiety-related things (social, needle phobia, OCD...) plus a variety of other stuff. She, too, has struggled with which activities to participate in and which ones to not participate in. She ended up deciding not to go to Homecoming, but did do the All-Night-A-Thon for the band the night before that. Assessment from the ex is that "she's trying really hard to fit in, but I'm not sure it's working. They're probably not actually her friends." Assessment from me? I don't really care what other people think of DD. Yeah, she's quirky. She is also awesome. My assumption is that her peers can see both. Some may like it, some not. That's okay. DD has her own path and I'm delighted that she's willing to participate in things.

ThyPeace, also, I wish I had thought of the "I'll come and stay in the parking lot so you can go for a bit" option. That's a good one. I'll keep it in mind for next time.
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