That's how it works, right? Things unused lose their effectiveness.
An unused car doesn't start.
Unused muscles waste away.
Unused leather gloves grow stiff.
It's funny how many principals in our physical world teach us about the principals in our spiritual world.
When we isolate ourselves in our bedrooms, the same thing happens to our lives: They lose their "flavor."
Our lives are made for us to live.
We have an innate need to connect with other people.
The less we do this, the more lonely we become, and the worse our quality of life becomes. As my grandma used to tell me, "We reap what we sew." If we're putting ourselves in lonely, isolated places, we will feel more lonely and isolated. And according to scientists, this leads to all sorts of mental and physical problems.
So how do we turn our lives around if we're stuck in a place of not wanting to engage with others?
The first step is to get small doses of positive interactions, like little doses of medicine for our souls. We can say to someone, "Isn't it a great day?" (Yes, even if we don't feel like it) or "Hey, I like your shirt." Their positive answers will make us feel better. We should do this every day.
Slowly, over time, those minutes will add up and we'll begin to feel more like venturing out. Our lives won't be hidden any more and they will slowly be filled with moments we can savor.