It also affects my desire to be among the first to do certain long-awaited fun things, such as go to the new Harry Potter movie or check out the new Trader Joe's locations that finally opened in the Kansas City area today.
I'm very excited about both of those things, but I am exceedingly unwilling to allow other people to invade my personal space in the pursuit of either one. The movie can wait until next week (or maybe Sunday night) and I'll probably give Trader Joe's a few weeks to calm down before I venture out there.
"But what about BlogHer?" I hear you saying.
I know, right? Three thousand people at a conference sounds kind of challenging for someone like me. And it is. Back in the days when attendance was measured in hundreds, it was much easier for me to handle. These days I need to jump in for as long as I can take it and then retreat for a while to re-energize. Sometimes a nap is involved.
I'm actually calmer about the whole crowd thing than I used to be. Age and yoga have mellowed me to the point where I no longer get agitated by crowds. Instead, they just wear me out.
What about you? Do you thrive on crowds or are you more like me?