Okay so here it goes... I'm mostly a loner. Have been for a very long time. I have a wife, but when it comes to friends, I have VERY few of those. Maybe 2 at most, and the rest of my time goes to my pets and family when I see them on the weekends. I've never had a problem being this way. I've always enjoyed ME time and have for as long as I can remember. Recently, I've had two friends hit me up who want to make music and jam. We were friends about 12 years ago until we basically just grew up, got jobs, started families, and went about in life. Well, the thing is, I work at least 40 hours a week in a factory, so even in my free time, I spend a fair bit amount of time recuperating and spending time with my wife and my pets and such. I've tried telling them many times that I am a homebody and I don't entertain much unless it's on my terms. My wife and I have went through some personal losses in the last few years and we really don't have much of a tolerance for compromise these days. That sounds short-sighted I know, but it also keeps away all the bullshit that people bring along with them. So they keep messaging and messaging, and I keep telling them that it'll have to be when I'm not busy. Here's the "issue": I'm always busy. And I don't mean busy as in working on something. I mean busy as in spending time with my wife and shutting out the world unless I'm on the Internet on forums and Discord and Twitch. Honestly and truly, I'm most comfortable when I'm not around more than a few people. I don't know why I feel this way, I just always feel that being around people is draining for me. I can talk about deep subjects all day fucking long but I absolutely HATE small talk. You know what I'm talking about, the kind of obligatory talk that people do just to break the silence. I've been told by people that this is unhealthy and I have to disagree, because I would think that it would be better for my overall and mental health in situations where I'm content, even happy and enjoying life. What's your guys' take on this?