Prom is a really big thing in high school. It's like homecoming, but more memorable, because down the road, you remember prom, not homecoming. Juniors and seniors look forward to it from the beginning of the year. The dresses, the dates, the memories and the fun. I can see the appeal of going, but prom is not for everyone.
It's kind of a shock to people when they hear that I'm not going and sometimes I don't really understand why. To me, it's just another dance that I have to dress up for and be uncomfortable. I personally don't like parties, even with homecoming, I was reluctant. They're just not my scene. I know that, in order to come out of your shell, you have to do things that might be uncomfortable, but there are also some things that you can't do because it will literally tear you apart. For me, just thinking about prom makes me feel scared.
Here's an example: you're going skydiving, but you don't want. Your friends try convincing you to go and in the end, you end up going and having lots of fun. This is one of the things you're willing to do. On the other hand, you're going cliff diving. Your friends try convincing you to go, but you don't end up going because just the thought leaves you terrified. The first one would be Homecoming for me because there wasn't much to it. The second one is prom because there so much to do and doing everything makes me feel scared and I don't like the idea of being somewhere that I'm not comfortable with along with the fact of dressing up.
It's hard to explain, but as an introvert, I naturally don't like crowded areas and don't tend to do things that I know that will make me uncomfortable, so I tend to stay away from them.