Moving to the Bay Area has been a very socially humbling experience. I always thought I was good at making friends, but it turns out I’ve relied heavily on my husband’s easygoing nature and the built-in friends that came with medical school and residency. The truth is that I am actually pretty shy and more concerned about what other people think of me than I want to admit. I can also be a bit lazy when it comes to initiating social gatherings. A big part of me just wanted to have good friends magically appear, bringing with them many common interests, same-aged children and identical parenting styles.
(Originally published April 6, 2016)