I get involved with a lot of social interactions throughout the day with customers and coworkers. Small talk and personal life sharing is frequent. The problem is, I'm not a very good conversationalist. I assume it's due to my growing apathy for other people's lives.
I have seemingly unique interests that are rarely shared or even accepted. What interests I share with the common people aren't formed enough to be the topic of conversation. For example, I could talk for hours about:
- my complex food inventory complete with UPC's pictures, weight, net weight, calorie count, and price listings which I use to plan out what I will most likely eat most days of the week. It helps with my budget.
- my 'LifeNotes' journaling system which is, in most ways, superior to a diary due to its flexibility and versatility and ability to be searched heavily via an index.
Interests I share that are common:
- I love cycling. Most of it is for transportation and what leisure riding I do is a simple ride with my brother or friend on whatever bike paths Google Maps tells me about.
- I like jogging. I like the feeling I get after jogging. That is the only reason I do it.
- I like watching movies and, while I have favorites, most times I don't care about actors or directors or canon or whatever as long as I liked the movie.
- I like to bake a few types of bread, but my appearance isn't the home-y bake-y type, so most people don't take me seriously. I am a picky eater so it's not fun bringing it up with other baking hobbiests.
Back to the point: I've long ago accepted that I won't find a lot of people who share or even care about my interests, so it's not a topic about me feeling left out or anything. Rather, I want to know if it is normal to be this way. Do most people fake it? Or are a lot of people just either caring or share common interests? Do I even understand what I'm asking?