I is for introvert

I am an introvert. I have only recently learned how much of an introvert I am and how I need to embrace it.
I have always valued my alone time, and I was always drained in groups (a couple of birthday parties where I just collapsed and went to bed early come to mind here), but I never knew what it meant. I never knew why I was like that.

I thought that it was just being shy, and that suffering from years of bullying made me withdrawn from the world. I thought that I was lazy and anti-social.

Many years later I learned what it means to be an introvert, I felt all puzzle pieces of my life fall into place.

I have my coping strategies now. I plan in alone time before and after events. I calculate in that I may be out of sorts and tired afterward and need at least one day of recoup time in my bed under my pile of blankets.

That’s ok. That is the self-care I needed all my life, and I am so happy I can give it to myself.

16 Replies to “I is for introvert

  1. I worked hard when I left school to change from being an introvert to something more socially acceptable. I was fortunate to go to Teacher's College with a group of people who accepted me and to meet my husband, an extrovert, who is also an introvert. I'm happy with where I am now but still feel overwhelmed in large groups. One on one I can talk happily but to a large group what I say seems to be insignificant despite my Master's degree. At the age of 66 I can accept what I am and not be quite so hard on myself. I now enjoy social situations but love to have time to myself more than anything.

  2. I'm an introvert too.

    I don't hate people (no misanthrope). I only need to recharge my battery more often when I'm around a large group of people. πŸ™‚ I like my alone time. But like most people I don't want to be lonely. It's nice knowing that family and friends are close enough when my battery's all ready to go!

  3. I am by Nature an introvert too. As a child I was excruciatingly shy but I made an effort to step out of my comfort zone and took on challenges that only an extrovert would relish. It did cause a bit of stress in my life but I learned that I could exist in an extrovert's world as well. Having said, I still need time alone and I'm not afraid of being alone either, which I consider to be a great advantage in life. So, you see, you are not alone! So glad I'm going back and reading some of your posts πŸ™‚

  4. It's really a great idea to better understand your personality type. I had mine done with various methods in my 20s as the places I worked at felt if you understood this and that people have different personalities then you get on better at work. I'm more of an introvert as I got older but was an extrovert in my earlier years.

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