21 years old, going to get my bachelor's next year from UM Ann Arbor, single-handedly defeated my depression and weight troubles. I should be proud right?
This afternoon, I would've said wrong, but no need for that.
As somebody who's never had ANY sort of female interaction (outside of female friends), I'm looking for the VERY basics of trying to get out of the hole I dug myself into. Bullied from elementary to early high school, fatherless until 7th grade, and parents who obviously did not have successful marriages, the only things I was taught to do for my personality was "I love you for the way you are" "Just be yourself" or "Shut up and nobody will notice you" "If you stick out of the crowd we'll knock you out" You get the picture.
I'll save you any more words for fear of boring you and getting myself depressed again.
This will probably be best addressed to role models I'm looking up to (ashamed of their virginity in adulthood, but managing to change their lives for the better). I'm looking for the basics on starting a social life, and interaction with other human beings. I'm less concerned with females, since I'm pretty much incapable of understanding how to talk to women, and likely to stick that way (too late for me, imo).
Let me know what you did to break your social anxiety and reclusiveness. No mocking or hate please, I'm pretty much rock bottom so it's no use trying to dig a bigger grave.
On an unrelated topic, I'm an atheist who's always followed "God helps those who help themselves." I know I'm a special case among the human race, but social support and motivation can do wonders.