I can’t be the only girl out there (or guy, I suppose) with this problem: I’m single, and I have been for nearly five years, and I’m usually okay with that. Sometimes, though, I wish I could just walk up to a guy with confidence and be like “hey you’re cute/I like your shirt/you like this song?” BUT I CAN’T. I have no idea how to introduce myself to people, and watching me flirt with someone is – I’m 110% sure – physically painful. I’ve read countless articles and books about how to flirt with people, how to be more confident, and how to be charming. But I just can’t do it. Which is why, I believe, that I’ve become comfortable being single – because I can’t be bothered with the anxiety that comes along with meeting people, so I just don’t. This is my story (and hopefully the story of many others) as told through Toy Story gifs… Phase 1: Making the decision to actually go out. uncertainty Phase 2: Getting ready. ken Phase 3: Liquid courage. lite beer Phase 4: Thinking about going over to someone. ken2 Phase 5: Talking myself into going over to someone. partner Phase 6: Telling my friends about going over to someone. give me a hand Phase 7: Attempt to talk to someone. giphy Phase 8: They think I’m weird. strange Phase 9: Lose all confidence. rejection Phase 10: Go home defeated. so long partner


A born-and-raised Jersey girl with a chronic case of wanderlust, Samantha spends her days reading, writing, and planning adventures. She currently teaches classes at the community college while living at home with her parents, trying and failing to become a part of the proverbial real world. Her dream is for someone to pay her for writing and traveling, but in reality she'll probably be teaching forever. Follow her mundane musings on Twitter @SamanthaG2012, and check out her personal blog, wanderlustingmillenial.blog.com

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