For people who know me personally, they would surely agree with that statement! I am a Capricorn true and true and especially when it comes to meeting people, making friends and maintaining friendships.
I am super Cautious when it come to friendships. In the past 5 years, I have ended a few long term friendships with people that I thought would be forever friends. I will always be cordial to them, but I will never allow them to get close enough to me to hurt me again. It is and has been very painful and totally has thrown me for a loop, but reminds me daily why I have always been Cautious in making friends….especially with females.
Anyone who knows me, knows that I can count my good good friends on 1 hand. I have a handful of girlfriends and a few male friends that I know even if we speak everyday or if we don’t speak often, I can call them and they got me! They know me and love me anyway and will have my back always!
People are always surprised to know that I don’t consider myself a people person AT ALL!!! In taking the Myers Briggs a few times, I always have fallen in the Introvert subcategories. Once I get to know you and am less Cautious, I definitely loosen up and become more engaging as a person. If I am with a group of people that I feel comfortable with, I can become more of an Extrovert…to an extent.
I have always been Cautious and “slow to warm up,” meaning I am typically uneasy or Cautious in new situations or with unfamiliar people. I don’t like being with just anyone; and will always seek out trusted people and friends in social situations. I often stay on the “sidelines” for a while, watching what others are doing until I feel comfortable enough to join in. My initial interaction in new social situations is often seen as stand-offish, snobby or bougie but really I am simply Cautious.
In a world and time when people are making ‘friends’ left and right and at a drop of a hat through social media and other outlets, I am happy to be Cautions with whom I let into my circle and whom I call a friend.
I have some people in my life right now who are stepping up into the friend category but they will have to get past my Cautious fence to get there. If they are willing to put in the work to build and maintain the friendship, I welcome opening my Cautious gate to let them in!
Are you cautious with developing friendships? What are you cautious about?
Linking up with my favorite wordsmith Deb for Wednesday Word
I am hoping you were able to figure out that today’s word is : Cautious
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