Guys, one thing I really suggest doing is going to a comic shop or a gaming/hobby store and getting involved in a game. I am terrified of people, but all of the socially awkward nerds that take refuge in these stores are excellent therapy. They are just as nervous around you, but jump on any opportunity to teach and feel accepted, especially when teaching a game they LOVE. You will know the type immediately. Today, I played in a tournament that 24 people played in. I have so many new friends now. Sweethearts all of them. Even when I got trounced, they were great about it. And if you are a girl, they will be extra nice to you. Lol! *sigh* I love nerds.
Avoid Magic the Gathering people to start off. Go on the nights the shop is doing Pokemon, or Vanguard, or Kaijudo(GREAT game), or open game nights. Go talk to the shopkeeper and he will very likely find the right person to teach you a new game. Take a friend with you. Learn together.
Learning a game helps you focus. You have to keep your mind on your cards and your opponent. You learn to focus. You learn strategy. You learn how to interact. You learn how to play nicely with different people. You learn new skills. My life is so much better thanks to card games.
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