'Tis the season for Thanksgiving dinners, Christmas parties, New Year's Eve blowouts, and everything in between. For the extroverts, it's all fun and games. Not so much for the more introverted people. Here are 12 ways every introvert has probably felt at a holiday party, as told by "Friends," pretty much the most relatable TV show to ever exist.
1. Seeing a horrific amount of people all in one placeGiphy
The more the merrier, right? For introverts, the bigger the party, the worse the nightmare.
2. Having to actually make conversationGiphy
Just showing up to a holiday party is enough of a struggle for an introvert. Actually having to talk to multiple people is even worse.
3. Checking the time only to see that the party isn't even halfway overGiphy
For introverts, time seems to drag at social gatherings. After making small talk with Tina for a good five minutes, you feel like you're about to lose it.
4. Pretending like you're having funGiphy
Someone makes a joke, everyone laughs, and you realize that you probably need to laugh too. But on the inside, you're thinking about being at home in your bed watching Netflix.
5. Wondering why you came to the party in the first placeGiphy
Introverts usually find themselves wondering why they even decided to attend the holiday event. Guilt? False hope that it'd be fun? Not sure, but you sure do regret it now.
6. Being volunteered to play a "fun" holiday gameGiphy
To make matters worse, some people feel the need to have "fun" games at a holiday party. Games are like death sentences for introverts.
7. Listening to the over-excited extrovertsGiphy
If you're an introvert, chances are you always end up listening to an over-excited extrovert tell a "funny" story to the group, and you can't help but stare in confusion at the madness.
7. Having to smile for a pictureGiphy
On top of the crowds of people, endless small talk, and "fun" holiday games, someone asks to take a picture. You muster up all the fake happiness you can, only to end up looking a little like Chandler.
9. Being asked if you're having funGiphy
The social butterflies are having a ball, and you're just ready to go home. Someone asks if you're having fun, and all you can think is "NO!"
10. Remembering how much happier you are aloneGiphy
In worst case scenarios, introverts may even find themselves staring out the window, imagining the solitude of their own homes and wishing for their alone time.
11. Saying goodbye to someoneGiphy
When people start to leave, many introverts probably try to act regretful but will instead end up happily waving goodbye and maybe sounding a bit like Phoebe.
12. Finally leaving the partyGiphy
If you're introverted, there are few things better in life than getting to leave a party.
All jokes aside, the holidays are a wonderful time to spend time with family and friends. To my fellow introverts, stay strong and remember that all parties will come to an end!