You may be thinking that cosplay is not for you. I didn't think that it was for me either until I witnessed the impact that it made on my interactions with people. My previous year, I noticed that there were tons of Slave Leia's at the convention. There would often be large groups of them standing together, never getting a chance to move as people snapped picture after picture. What I didn't see that year were any dudes dressed as Leia.
Benefit 1: You already have a family
One of the first things that I realized was that by dressing as a character, you immediately get a family. By dressing like Leia, I was already a part of the Star Wars family. Anyone else in Star Wars garb gave me the nod of approval. I was one of them. Once you dress up as a character the first steps of approaching people are out the window. Now people need to ask you for permission. And getting a picture with another person in a Star Wars outfit merely requires a nod of agreement. I wasn't the only one gender bending my outfit that year. I met a female Han, Darth Vadar, Boba Fett and Chewbacca. I even met a few dudes in various Leia outfits.