Story of My Life – I always want to go and chat up the sound guy. But then the Shy Guy Socially Awkwardness kicks in.
#3. Going to Concerts
Even awkward people like music. They’re just, you know… bad at it. You like live music and your favorite band is in town, but you’re not sure if you want to go the concert, because you don’t know how to dance and you’re afraid of being in a big group of strangers because the family crest of the Awkward Clan is a scrawny lion that doesn’t know what to do with its hands.
You are the only one at the concert who doesn’t know how to move right. The band you’re seeing doesn’t play dance music, but still some people are dancing. Should you do that? Obviously not, because you look terrible when you do. And everyone else seems to know exactly what to yell, (“Woo”), and exactly when to yell it, (when the moment is right). All of these tricks are lost on you, because you’re only really good at listening to music quietly in your headphones as a way of avoiding conversations with people. Some people can scream “Woo!” with total conviction, but not you; when you shout “Woo,” it’s clear to everyone that your subtext is “Did I do that right?” Even though it’s three letters, one syllable, and even though it’s barely a word, screaming “Woo!” at a concert is all about confidence, which you absolutely don’t have.
Being a quiet, shy person at a concert is tough. You’re worried that not everyone around you realizes that your silence and blank expression is how you look when you’re enjoying yourself. You don’t want to look like a dick, you want to fit in, but you don’t know how move and no one taught you how to scream. You could sing along, but the people around you don’t want to hear you sing. You wish you could just stand calmly and nod in contentment, but this is a concert and there are new rules. You need to somehow communicate that you appreciate what the band is doing, so you wait for a break in the action and shout “I appreciate what you are doing.”
And that is absolutely the wrong answer.