From my new Chick interview, you might remember that my relationship with my husband followed the frenemies-to-lovers trope. It really did remind me of Pride and Prejudice when we first met in college. He’s since confessed that he thought I was a total social butterfly (and not in a good way). Yes, I was that girl who had to “pencil you in” on her planner.
As a freshman, I took the Myers-Briggs inventory, and I landed right between the introversion and extroversion traits. I might have tweaked the results because I went out of my way to overcompensate for my previous high school shyness.
Over the years, I’ve reverted to my more introverted nature. This especially happened once kids showed up. I mean, there’s just so little time to do anything beyond caretaking.
However, in the lockdown world of the past months, I’ve freed my social butterfly.
I’ve participated in a few events on Facebook and Instagram. I even did a panel for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month put on by the Los Angeles Public Library.
More than that, I’ve gone to so many author activities. These include writing webinars, book launches, and a virtual Noir at the Bar (where I didn’t have to run up a tab).
Both my weekend and evening slots were filled with events I wouldn’t usually be able to attend without some major babysitting. For example, I went to Jenny Yang’s #ComedyCrossing show. (Yep, those are comedians doing their sets while using cute avatars.)
I’ve even been able to dress up during this time. All those clothes in my closet that I haven’t touched in years, I get to wear now. (Bonus: They’re also quite forgiving around the waistline.)
I feel like I’m revisiting my college days, when I got to socialize a lot because people lived within walking distance. Now everybody is within keyboard distance.
(Excuse me for a moment. What’s that, honey? You want to have a date night? Let me check my calendar…)
Have you turned into a butterfly or remained cocooned during lockdown?