For years I’ve gone to the same hair stylist every 3 weeks. Her name is Mindy. She does an awesome job and I’ve always tipped her well, even when my money was tight. We like each other. We have a good business relationship.
I’m sure she always thought I was an introvert. In a typical visit, she would always try to make conversation at first and I would answer whatever small talk kind of question she would ask me but I rarely did my part to keep the conversation flowing. She figured this out about me and didn’t push it. She just thought I was one of her quieter clients.
About a year and a half ago that changed and I’m sure she’s still wondering what happened to me.
I was a couple of weeks into my non-weed smoking life and I scheduled my usual appointment. I sat down in her chair and I proceeded to chat her up like the proverbial Cathy the whole time. We went back and forth talking about everything under the sun. I couldn’t shut up.
Had I changed? No. I had just returned to the person I always was before I smoked weed all the time. Mindy probably thinks I just started taking an anti-depressant or something.
When I left the stylist shop that day, I went on to the grocery store and made small talk with the cashier like I had a real personality. In the coming days and weeks I noticed myself being more apt to talk to strangers, not in an obnoxious or obtrusive sort of way, but in pleasant, sociable kind of way.
I had returned to the pre-stoner Rick.
It wasn’t that I was ever anti-social. My weed dependence just made me more introverted. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with being an introvert. There’s just something wrong with over using a substance that changes your personality.
Getting my social swagger back is one of the many benefits I’ve enjoyed since quitting weed. I tell you this only to illustrate that you too could see a similar benefit in breaking free of the weed habit.