1. The moment you hear the announcement, anxiety overcomes you.
You know it’s all part of being “the church,” but inside you just wanna run away.
2. The extroverts around you team with excitement.
It’s palpable, the extroverts around you are busting at the seams. This is their moment. And that makes you even more anxious.
3. The first three awkward seconds are the worst.
This could be the most challenging part. Someone has to make a move, but who will it be?
4. You already forgot their name.
How is this even possible? They just said their name two seconds ago. But it’s gone from your brain.
5. Someone wants a side-hug.
You’ve only met for a few moments, and you thought your little exchange was over, but they’re going in for the hug.
6. You’re not sure you should cross the aisle…
Should you cross the divide to meet more people? WHY IS THIS LASTING SO LONG! You finally walk across, but this is how you feel.
7. You cross the aisle and get shot down.
Then, in an act of complete defiance, no one is letting you in the game. Your inner voice cries out, “Why did you cross the aisle!”
8. Finally, you find someone, but they share their life story.
You weren’t looking for a novel, just a polite hello. Why are they still talking?
9. They won’t stop talking, even when it’s over.
You start to panic. You’re the only two people still standing! When will it end?! Stay calm. Stay calm.
10. They finally notice everyone else is done and sit down.
A wave of relief comes over you. It’s finally over. And you survived.
11. You take a seat and think, “That wasn’t so bad.”
But on the inside, you feel like a champion.