Learning to talk about myself and my life, although it sounds straightforward enough, has been one of the greatest challenges of my life.
When I was 17, a boyfriend of mine observed that "You don't know how to just talk. You discuss philosophy, religion, literature, politics, but you can never just talk".
I replied "Maybe I'm just an intellectual person. I never even THINK about anything else."
He said "No. I know other intellectual people. And they can talk about their personal lives just fine."
Intellectual was always safe. My parents are perfect. I'm so grateful. Now, let's discuss obscure medieval heresies...