I hid my true self from the world.............my only true friends to trust were my characters and other peoples characters in books that I can either:
A. Relate to.
B. Imagine and have been characterised accurately.
I still talk to them in my mind and my dreams, but I have friends now. And soon, maybe a gf. No more hiding. If you hide, the extraordinary person you are will never be noticed. Singers don't get found silent. Authors don't get found illiterate. Artists don't get found cooking. SHOW YOUR TRUE SKILLS. YOU ARE PERFECT.