I think you have the jest of it. And yes “People will accuse you of hiding from the world.” But, like the other poster said, devote the time to God, it’s a win-win situation.
I try to find ways to live my life which would be pleasing to him.I’m not perfect. But I try to make my days meaningful. Also, I listen to or watch EWTN and Just recently watched the Journey Home and one of the speakers said “I try to live my life by example, and live out my Catholic Faith, and live it joyfully”. That was very profound, because I think sometimes we forget to enjoy this life, enjoy serving the Lord. I think this is one example of preaching the word without using words, by living a life of example to others.
Once you are living in the “word”, you do tend to notice how you dress, how you speak, how you interact with others, how you think of others first. And… others will notice the changes in you. Once change I noticed was people stopped telling dirty jokes in front of me. I never asked them to verbally, but they were respectful enough to refrain from those things in my presence. The Lord also put many prayerful people in my path that made my journey in the workforce so amazing.
I remember a time I felt so isolated because I was surrounded by people who just seemed wicked and considered me an outcast. I was often reminded of a song, sung by Darlene Zshech: a segment of the song: “You draw me to yourself” as if God purposely pulls you away from worldly things toward him. That is an awesome thing when we listen to God speak to our heart.
You’ll be challenged and your faith will be tested. Stand firm.