Being an introvert, I value personal time immensely, which does mean I tend to need a lot of time in my own little world, doing things that help me recharge and keep me somewhat sane.
When I say socially awkward, what I really mean to say is I battle with anxiety, and have done for a long time. Although since doing more reading up on personality types and other such stuff, the anxiety isn't as much of an issue as it used to be. I'm beginning to understand more what is actually down to anxiety and what is simply my personality.
Anyway! Here's some of the stuff that interests me and occupies my time these days:
Camping/countryside. Spontaneous camping trips anyone? I would love to! Long walks are rather good as well.
Motorsport - F1, endurance racing, touring cars, pretty much anything.
History - WW1 & 2, the Roman empire.
TV drama (Spooks, Luther, that sort of thing)
Animals - LOVE dogs especially
Roast dinners - does that count as an interest? Haha.
Music - Muse, Snow Patrol, Meat Loaf, Sigur Rós. To be honest, I'll listen to nearly anything, except rap or bloody "dubstep".
Movies - a couple of favourites are Die Hard (the original trilogy) and Saving Private Ryan. Typically though I find it harder to get into movies, unless it's the original Star Trek cast!
Food - spaghetti bolognese, roast dinner, carbonara, cottage pie. Sometimes a visit to KFC can't be resisted. I must have mentioned how awesome toast is by now? You may need to keep Galaxy chocolate bars away from me, mmmmmmm.
Games - oh god, so many, but a few are Tribes: Ascend, Team Fortress 2, The Walking Dead, FIFA, Tiger Woods 13, Battlefield 3, rFactor, rFactor 2, Worms, 7 Days to Die, Space Engineers. In days gone by, things like Crash Bandicoot, Colin McRae Rally, Halo.
Nowhere else have I really mentioned my passion for motorsport, I absolutely love it! From short touring car races to watching the Le Mans 24 Hours all the way through. I'd say motorsport was my first love.
Decent TV drama - love a good bit of involving tv. Soaps do not count!
Friends - although they are mostly people found through gaming, they have truly helped me through some seriously tough times. :')
My own space - as a introvert, this is massively important to keeping sane and happy. I really do urge people to go and do some reading up on introverts, it makes for some very interesting reading. That and social and generalised anxiety disorders. :)
Camera - I'm not great with a camera, but when you take a picture you're really happy with? It feels incredible.
Morning toast! - mmmmmmhm! This to me is like coffee or tea to others. :D