Why I don't talk at recovery meetings
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There’s a lot of new people who have connected with me here, so I want to talk about myself a little bit for the sake of transparency and authenticity.

I don’t talk in groups. I can see by the way I share on social media how misleading it might be. I don’t want people who only know me via social media to think that I’m this outgoing, vocal person who talks a lot in social settings. That couldn’t be further from the truth.

When I’m one-on-one with someone, I talk a lot and pretty freely, unless I don’t know them that well. That’s when I’m more quiet, shy, and withdrawn.

Get me in a recovery meeting, whether in person or online, and I don’t talk. I won’t share. I just don’t. I go blank and can’t think of anything to say. When I do share, it’s awkward, short and to the point, and I hate it because I’m all sweaty and nervous for about an hour afterward.

Here’s what I have to say about it: IT IS PERFECTLY FINE IF THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO DON’T SHARE AT MEETINGS. Yes, that was me yelling. There’s nothing worse than being pressured to talk when I don’t want to or have nothing to say.

Some people are talkers.

Some people are listeners.

Our differences are what makes the world go ‘round.

Social media, for whatever reason, is my outlet. I’m perfectly fine with that.

Where do you fit on the spectrum? Are you a talker or a listener? Let me know in the comments.

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