10 Thoughts Homebodies Have When We’re Asked To Go Out

10 Thoughts Homebodies Have When We’re Asked To Go Out ©iStock/Eva-Katalin

Being a homebody is a unique challenge because we’re so misunderstood. While most people get bored at home and anxiously await the opportunity to go out, some of us are exactly the opposite; we love being at home and going out just isn’t appealing to us most of the time. When we’re invited out, there’s a series of thoughts that inevitably go through our heads:

  1. “Do I have plans tonight? Why yes, I do have plans.” I was planning on ordering a pizza and watching Netflix on the couch. As a matter of fact, I’m really looking forward to it.
  2. “What do you mean those aren’t ‘real’ plans?” It sounds pretty real and awesome to me.
  3. “Since when do plans have to involve leaving the house?” I make fun plans every day, and they rarely involve going out.
  4. “I don’t want to put on real pants again.” Seriously, it was bad enough wearing them all day at work.
  5. “Beers cost $5 apiece there, and I already have a 12-pack in the refrigerator.” Is there something special about the expensive beer that you have to fight a crowd to get?
  6. “It’s not that I don’t want to see you. Would you like to come over?” I have beer/wine, food, and entertainment ready to go and we’ll both save money. No? I’m sorry you think that sounds lame, but I can assure you that it’s possible to have fun without being suffocated by crowds.
  7. “That’s not within walking distance, so I either have to stay sober or shell out a bunch of money for Uber. Sigh.” Seriously, do I look like I’m made of money? This is way too much expense for something I don’t even want to do.
  8. “Maybe if I cough, they’ll believe I’m coming down with something.” I was already honest and said I didn’t want to go, and that didn’t work, so I need a BS excuse now.
  9. “I shouldn’t have to justify why I’d rather stay in; my choice and my happiness should be respected.” Clearly, what makes you happy isn’t what makes me happy and vice versa. There’s nothing wrong with that. Next time you want to spend an evening chilling out with some good conversation in private, let me know. As for tonight, go have fun and allow me to enjoy my evening in.
  10. “Finally! I got out of it! Pants are off for the rest of the weekend!” This is my kind of party, and I love it.
Anna Martin Yonk is a freelance writer and blogger in sunny North Carolina. She loves hanging out with her goofy husband and two rescue dogs and can be found at the beach with a drink in hand whenever possible. You can find her on Instagram @mrsyonkdogmom or on her Facebook page.