I feel like I'm sort of stuck socially... I'm 23, I have the same five best friends from school (one from elementary school, two from Jr. high, two from high school). I have acquaintances I've made in college and through work and through friends, but not really any friends that I talk to or hang out with outside of work or school. I do see my friends sometimes, some more so than others, but I feel like they just have whole new lives - and so do I - but mine is mostly just work. We seem to be growing apart (whether it be kids, moved away, or just busy) and with a few of them the friendship isn't really the same anymore. I try to go out whenever I can but when I do I have trouble opening up to new people beyond the initial introductory conversation (mostly about my job - people are always amazed I deal with 25 six year olds every day). Part of it is because my friends like going out to bars/clubs and I don't drink or dance so I feel like I don't really fit in!! Seriously maybe I should just drink - maybe it will help me lighten up a bit???? I just feel like I have to have this guard up all the time. I just feel like I'm staying the same while all my friends are moving on and becoming independent. I'm still living at home and while it's convenient and inexpensive I feel like it's not helping me grow... I want to make my own friends and start my own life and not feel like I'm stuck like this when all my friends are moving on without me! Blah. Sorry I needed to vent.