I grew up in a very small church. Everybody knew everybody, and the most common way to greet each other was a warm welcome and a big hug. Therefore, I always hugged everyone. Even those that didn't go to my church. It was just how I greeted people.
Now days, things are very different for me. I have literally distanced myself from others. If I happen to see someone that used to go to church with me in that small church, I still hug them. It's still considered acceptable.
However, Now that I'm older I realize that not every one hugs to greet each other. I've turned into an awkward hugger. Sometimes there are instances where when I'm greeting some one I wonder if I should hug them. But while I'm debating about whether or not to go in for a hug the appropriate time period for greeting someone with a hug goes by. So then if I decide I should hug them it's all awkward.....
So if I go to hug you and it seems awkward, know you're not alone.
Have a great day!
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