This year, I spent Whit Weekend a little different than usual. I went to the beach (that’s nothing new) with a large social group (that was definitely new). It was a grand beach party on the day before an official holiday. The group was inclusive of my boyfriend’s friends and although I have been in their company a few times before, I was still quite the anti-social “gal”.

I cannot recall the number of times that I was asked “Are you Okay?” while I sat on my beach towel with my camera in hand. Personally, it was frustrating because I thought that I had grown out of that little problem of mine a long time ago and yet still, I couldn’t get myself to be more involved. There were a few times when I managed to get in the middle of one of the many small groups that formed throughout the day and I was grateful for those times mostly because I felt somewhat guilty for making my boyfriend worry. He was rather concerned about my quiet mood and I didn’t want to “let him down” or make him regret inviting me. Who wants to spend most of their time at a party worrying about their guest instead of having fun? The obvious answer is NO ONE!

Though it might have appeared as if I would rather be in bed, I actually enjoyed my time with this group of colourful people. Each person had a distinct personality and were not afraid to express it. I photographed as many of their jovial ways as I could until it was time to wrap things up.

At this point, I’m not sure if I will ever overcome my limited ability to actively be a part of an unfamiliar crowd but I won’t sit alone in a corner in fear.

How did you spend your weekend? Are you the life of the party or the anti-social friend?