But, I do manage to get out of the house a bit. Which I'm starting to think, in general, is a bad idea.
I have a few obnoxious Tshirts I've collected. Some of them are a bit subtle, along the lines of "The further away you go, the more I like you" Others get right to the point. "It's not just you, I hate everyone."
Usually, when I wear these tshirts, they have a great effect as in, people read them and leave me the hell alone. Which is exactly what I want. But lately, it seems like every time I wear one of these shirts, 1-5 happy yahoos have to come strolling over, pull me aside, and try to buddybuddy to me. "Yep, know what you mean, I hate people too! Just can't stand 'em!"
Folks, being antisocial is not a social club. If you can walk up to total strangers and start telling them your life story without batting an eye, you do not have an antisocial problem.
But for some reason, being antisocial has become the new cool to the point where people pretend to be antisocial, but they do it in the most social of ways.
Today I wore my tshirt that said "I don't want a friend, so let's just stay strangers." and some guy comes up, read it, nods and goes, "Yep, know exactly what you mean. God it bugs me when total strangers start wanting to be friends!"
And I'm like, "Yeah... me too. Especially when I don't even know them from Adam and they just walk up to me and start blabbing away like we're suddenly instantly bonding."
To which he goes.. and I'm not making this up, "Yeah, I really hate that!"
Holy Hanna are people that dumb?
All my life my antisocial tendencies were what made me a freak. This desire to be alone most of the time made it so I was shunned. The interenet is a wonderful invention to me, because it allows me to interact with people, without having to do all the messy stuff, like actually sit down and talk to them for hours on end after we've run out of things to say to each other. I can interact with people on the net in small, concentraited doses. Also, on the net, I can find people that I actually can be around without instantly breaking out in hives. In the real world, for every person I can stand, there are at least 50 I want to whack with a cluebyfour.
But, this "I dislike people" attitude was considered weird, unsual, and freakish. And I sorta liked it that way.
But now it's like being antisocial is a badge of freaking honor. "I'm more antisocial than you!" "Nooo, I'm way more antisocial than you!" "Oh yeah? Well I've got signed statements from 500 of my best friends that swear no one likes me at all!"
Give me back my attitude. Don't take it for yourself. If you must embrace the "I hate people" lifestyle, then for god's sake do it right. Avoiding people does not mean bonding with them. It certainly does not mean reading my Tshirt that basically just told you to drop dead, giggle and then invite me to go have coffee
What really gets me about the Antisocialsocial bunnies is that just like their normal social bunny counterpart, they really are upset with me, because I don't lurch around with a big old shit eating grin on my face. See, I have this minor difficulty and that is that the corners of my mouth turn down naturally. This is not due to a freak accident, it is just the way I am. I also have a "Thinking line" in my forehead. So, when I am thinking about anything, people automatically assume I am frowning. And socialbunnies and the new antisocialsocialbunnies think it is their god given right to tell me to "SMILE!"
Bugger off. I'm 43 years old. Do not order me to smile like I"m freaking four. And I'm so darned sorry that the fact that the corners of my mouth do not automatically turn up makes it soooo difficult for you to cope being around me, but for god's sake, I don't want you around me in the first place!
Does anyone know who spearheadded this, "Oh boy, it's so much fun to play at being antisocial!" shtick going around? Cause they sure are screwing it up for those of us who've embraced that lifestyle since we were born.