Thankfully, the right combination of jobs and friends (and a whole lot of concentrated effort) brought me to the place I am now, where my social anxiety is much lessened and I can generally talk to anyone without feeling it much.
This all came to mind the last few days as we said goodbye to a couple with whom we had built a friendship this spring (they moved to another province). In the past, I never would have put in the effort to get to know someone new because I found it so difficult. I also thought of this last night as I got to know a gal from our church who I hadn't spoken with before. It just wouldn't have happened before. I had so much fun laughing with her!
I am grateful for the series of circumstances that brought me to where I am today with regard to my ability to be social. I can't imagine how much I was missing out on before! The world is full of amazing, funny, generous people.