Sometimes I’m very misunderstood. I rarely ever smile and when I do, people equate it to a smug look that symbolizes mischievous behavior or something bad. Ironically that’s not who I am. I’m fun, I laugh, I tell great jokes, and I am highly critical of myself. Getting to know me will make you start to look past those things that you immediately identify when first meeting me.

I’ll admit, I am an introvert. I don’t talk a lot until I get to know you. I met this one girl and she was a talker and a real outgoing person. When we first started kicking it, it was awkward for her and me because we were two totally different people. We would ride around and it would be very quiet in the car. I know she had to be thinking what in the world is wrong with this dude. After a few encounters the silence turned into banter and before you know it, she had me opening up and telling all types of things about me and my life.

The fact is that after I get to know you, I will open up. Opening up takes time for me due to some trust issues from previous encounters with people. I’ve faced so much disappointment in my life that I don’t come into anything with the door wide open. Does that make me very hard to read? You bet it does. But it’s the only way I know how to operate.

I’ll admit that my communication skills need work, but don’t judge the book by the cover. I might mean mug you a little, but be patient. When you get to experience the smile, you’ll know that you’re the reason it’s there.


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