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I am socially awkward. I feel uncomfortable addressing a large group of people and get extremely nervous when I have to attend a social gathering. I despise being the centre of attention. Yet, strangely, I have been in such situations quite often and usually managed to conduct myself without others picking up on my anxiety.
The first few months as an army spouse can be quite intimidating, especially if you're a civilian who prefers to live in pyjamas, grey t-shirts and nerdy glasses. You do learn to blend in, but it doesn't happen overnight. For me, acceptance came in four stages.