Who cares, right? Why the heck does it matter or should it matter to you?
Well, back when I was drinking, I was very much afraid of my own shadow, when it came to new people and new situations. I had been a pretty shy kid and adolescent until I found drinking and partying. I felt better when I drank, and then pot came along and really made a difference. However, over time and very subtly, that all began to have the opposite effect on me. I became more and more withdrawn and fearful. I lied more, I did everything I could to blow off situations I wasn't going to be comfortable in. I became very anti-social, and hated being around people because they annoyed me, or they were too dumb, too slow, too loud, too needy. They were encroaching on my space, my "me time".
Slowly over time in AA, I grew more and more comfortable around people again. My confidence slowly began to increase, with less and less of the over inflated ego I had used as a tool to keep people "in their place." I became reliant upon a power greater than me, without losing myself in that Higher Power. I found friends in AA who loved me until I could learn to love myself, and at first it was scary but I was finally able to look myself in the eye in a mirror and not feel overwhelming shame.
This has all begun to come full circle for me now. I cannot go too many places around and about without running into someone I know and having a conversation. And somehow I've managed to pick up an ability to talk to strangers comfortably, to initiate pleasant, interesting conversations with people I've never met. I think I've grown immensely in this area, thanks to God and the fellowship of AA. For years in recovery, I was able to be very outgoing in meetings, where I was safe and comfy. Now, my circle of comfort has expanded greatly to the point where I am comfortable in my own skin wherever I may go. I sure, I get nervous like the next guy. But today its not that debilitating, devouring fear the formerly had crippled me socially and emotionally. For that I am grateful! (Although, in all honesty, it still annoys me when the phone and/or doorbell ring in the evening. A person has to have their quiet time some time, right?)