I participated in a Social Justice retreat held by Towson last year. It made me realize that there are all types of "-privilege" and that I'm a minority in most of them. Humans are social creatures; even introverts come out of their fortresses of solitude to interact with people every once in a while. Ever since I was laid off in January, I've been isolated. I miss the camaraderie with my fellow employees. Now that we are down to 1 car, I feel trapped.
It's hard for me to make new friends. This skill was never fully developed thanks to my Jehovah's Witness mother picking my friends for me. Thank Goddess for social networking. There are so many exJW sites and groups online; it helps to know that I'm not alone. Now if I can only meet up with them IRL.
My online peeps are awesome. Nice to have folks cheering you on when you haven't even met them. Race and gender are irrelevant. Religion matters as an interest but everyone is respectful when interests differ.
Sometimes when I try to fit in I wind up feeling more awkward. I'm in this online group that supposed to be encouraging but everyone always quotes Bible verses. Not so encouraging to me. I've posted a few inspiring words from other places but no one seems to notice them. Probably time to move on.