Social interactions can be hard for anyone, but for those who suffer from crippling social anxiety, they can be a complete nightmare.
While embarrassing moments caused by anxiety might be hard to live down, they’re extremely entertaining for the rest of us.
These 23 stories are as hilarious as they are relatable.
“I go to leave and she catches the door before I can leave to say goodbye. For some reason my wired brain made me give her fingerguns and say ‘zoop’ as I walked away. Thought about it the whole way home.” —actuallylavagirl
“So instead of making friends with the other kids there, I’d eat really fast then say I had to go study in the library, and would instead just wander around the halls until lunch was over. Except you weren’t allowed to roam the halls like that, so I had to sneak around to avoid any teachers/hall monitors seeing me. I spent a lot of that time going from bathroom to bathroom, kind of just standing there waiting for time to pass.” —livintheshleem
“She looked at me really weird and said she didn’t worked there. I internally freaked out. I said ‘I know’ and asked if she could still help, she agreed and turned around to walk in the direction i needed help (facing away from me) and I immediately power walked out of there.” —sketchbookassassin
“Got my beer.
She said “Thank you.”
I said “Sixteenth.” —Pm_your_serious_face
“At the end of the party every kid got a huge goodie bag filled with candy and toys to take home. So she sat on makeshift throne in the middle of the room, and every kid had to go up one by one and get a goodie bag from the princess. I noped the fuck out and snuck back to my dad’s car.
On the ride home I was really regretting my decision tho, and hating myself for being so goddamn awkward. So I started crying. That’s when dad said he grabbed me a goodie bag before he left. He knew me so well.” —Inalphillip
“The girl asked me how my day had been. I said ‘large please’ because I got confused and thought she was asking what size I wanted. Then she asked if I wanted white rice or the other rice they had and I said ‘yes!'” —suarezj9
“A woman was buying a dress and humorously stated that she might be too fat for it. Me, never one to disagree with a customer, smiled and said, ‘Yup!’
I burned a few calories hitting my head on the counter after that exchange.” —RippedPika
“I tell people they have a 20-year life on them, and many old people respond, ‘Oh, I’m not gonna live that long, no need to bother with that!’
A couple times I’ve slipped and said things like ‘yeah, you’re probably right!'” —BenKenobi88
“I just stared at her with a look of horror because at that moment I forgot my name. She asked again in English and it took about a minute of silence for me to remember my name. Got a 95 at least.” —mochikitsune
“I deliver pizzas and one night a women said ‘god be with you’ as I was walking away and I stumbled over my words and said ‘peace be upon you’ like the fecking pizza Pope. Cringed pretty hard walking away as she just looked at me.” —gametycoon
“…then walked back up to the house, then back to my car until I finally texted my friend at the party, asking him to come get me outside so I wouldn’t have to walk in front of the crowd alone.”—Cuppycakemarie
“Apparently they started singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to me, to which I smiled, but then got nervous and promptly, confidently, leaned over and bit my dad on the arm.” —BetterthanAdam
“Edit: it was actually right in front of her face because she had knelt down behind me and I didn’t realize, so no way that I pulled it off. We never spoke of it.” —beezynameddeltreezy
“A lady was there, but I had no idea who she was. She asked me if she could help, and I stuttered a no.
Then I stood and kind of tapped my feet around like I was a fuckin’ tap dancer and I tried apologizing but instead said ‘I uh….I’m not looking for you.’ She looked so confused and I could feel my face getting red. I literally ran out. Not just walked quickly — ran and slammed into the door (it’s heavy) and hurt my arm.
Though injured, I trudged on. I heard her call out and ask if I was okay as I ran out. Now I can never go back.”—Llebanna
“I decided to go there for dinner and wanted to get a footlong for that night and another one for tomorrow. Except I’m a big guy, they wouldn’t believe I wouldn’t eat them both in one sitting. So being the idiot I am I ordered one for me and had my phone out pretending to get an order from my ‘brother.’ Pretty sure they knew, pretty sure they judged, joke’s on me though, I ate them both in one sitting anyways.”
“[I] didn’t want to ask to use the bathroom in their house so instead picked what I needed up, rudely rushed through small talk, basically ran to my car, drove far enough away they couldn’t see me and then parked again and half pissed myself running into a bush.
Wasn’t even the first time I’d been to that house…” —faatiydut
“They were chatting away about various things and we were all snacking. I took a bite of turkey and as I went to swallow it, it lodged in my throat. I kept swallowing as hard as I could but it wouldn’t budge and I couldn’t breathe. I didn’t have a drink near me, either. So, I stood there attempting to get it down while giving NO INDICATION that I was literally choking on my food … Because I didn’t want to interrupt the conversation or draw attention to myself. My vision was starting to black on the edges and I was full-on panicking inside when I finally got it swallowed down. I remember breathing heavy through my nose and my eyes watering, thinking how stupid I just was but now I DEFINITELY couldn’t say anything about it.
Sometimes it feels like anxiety will kill you, sometimes it almost does.” —Sinnocent
“I’m only 22 so I mean I guess I’m passable for just an older guy, but clearly you gotta say no, so me, being a Reddit user, said something stupid, I started to say ‘Sorry but I’m old enough to be your dad’ but that was so dumb I changed it mid-sentence to ‘sorry I’m old enough to be your brother’ but that didn’t make any sense so what really came out of my mouth was ‘sorry I’m old enough to be your.. brother…s… college roommate’ and then we both stood there in that amazing wtf feeling you get when you’re just overloaded with wtf.” —Im_Justintyler
“Her mom answered the phone and in my awkward teenage bumbling I asked her mom if SHE wanted to hang out.
I’m still not quite over that one, nearly 10 years later.” —AfroNinja117
“I was by myself and I tried to avoid all of those annoying mall salesmen that desperately try to bring you over to their booths … Well, I looked at one of them and … Ended up spending over 100 dollars on a nail-kit because I was too anxious to say no.
My friends think I’m an idiot. Honestly, I couldn’t agree more.” —nooneislucky
“Everyone there was a WAY better dancer than me, so I had a difficult time just with that. Well, my teacher gave us 5 mins to come up with a dance to a whole song, and you’d have to dance in front of the class alone. I noped the fuck out of there and ran and hid in the bathroom. My cell phone was still in the classroom, but at that point I didn’t care. I decided to sneak out the front door of the studio. Well there’s a small problem there. The walkway to the parking lot was in front of the giant windows of my classroom. I decided to just duck down and run the best I could, hoping no one saw me. I made it to the car and had my dad run in and get my phone. Didn’t go back to my class for a few weeks there.” —Island-radio
“I️ just so happened to find this teacher incredibly attractive at the time and tried to avoid him in the building sometimes to not embarrass myself blushing or stumbling over my words.
Anyway, I️ go ask him about the student for a minute or two. Turn around to leave the room. Miss the door by about a foot and walked straight into the wall.” —chacurrterie
“I once hid under a pile of blankets to avoid talking to someone I knew was coming up to my boyfriend’s apartment for a few minutes.”—sadisticspice