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I've been there and done that and every single time it has gotten me nowhere.
It's because you aren't being yourself in interactions and you end up not saying things of value, based on what you really think or feel.
It isn't impossible but I can admit from experience it definitely feels like it.
It requires this persistent patience to take the disappointments that pain you and not give up.
And if, at the last minute, you decide you just don't have it in you, no one's night will be ruined if you don't go. You're not chasing a degree, so you can take something like pottery or bowling. Plus, nothing makes for a popular Instagram post like a clever protest sign. If so, here's a coffee and a hug, because, for reals, that seems amazingly difficult.
Don't give other people that much power over yourself.
If you have your gab session at a park, you don't even have to clean your house or make (buy) snacks.
And if you're child-less, but still have a furry child (as in a cat or dog or hamster, of course — let's not get weird), try heading to a dog park.
Comment, post, make funny jokes, chat, then if things start getting pretty serious, start chatting, texting or even (gasp! You probably get a million invites to things like random birthday parties, special events for businesses you've never patronized, and friends doing live home births (true story). Sometimes all it takes is that one rare unicorn who kind of gets you to open up a whole new world of people.
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