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post #20 of (permalink) Old 08-21-2020, 04:29 AM
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I used to get this badly enough not to go out much. My partner was extremely outgoing and would get to know the whole street, so that whenever I left the house I had to say 'hi' to everyone. I hated it. When we lived in a Jamaican area, all the (male) neighbours were protective of me, which was very annoying. I'd get some drunk hit on me and someone would immediately show up to sort out the situation as if I couldn't handle it myself.

Nowadays it's much better (the situation has improved, I have improved, etc.) but I still like to wear sunglasses when I go out. They create a barrier between me and the people. And I actually like random interactions with strangers, I just don't want them to happen because 'it's only polite'. I'd rather they were authentic or not at all.

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