Six Tips for Socializing After You’ve Been Vaccinated

Now that I’m fully vaccinated against COVID-19, I’ve started socializing again. While from the outside I’m sure these interactions seem pleasant enough, my mind is often seething with questions and anxieties:

  • Oh my God, who is this? I feel like I know her, but I can’t remember her name.
  • Should we hug? Did we hug before the pandemic?
  • How do you hug people, anyway? Should I pat their backs?
  • Oh, this feels nice. Am I holding them too long? Not long enough?
  • There’s an awkward silence.
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