I think some people missed the forest for the trees.
if you had said you were off your game when it came to business networking and knew it was because you had become a wallflower and needed to work on confidently approaching people I don't think their reactions would have been quite so negative.
I'm also tempted to slap the guy who said you need to get married and have kids to be happy. Everyone is an individual and what makes one person happy isn't what makes everyone happy. It's a comment that I particularly loath and really sets me off.