Nowadays there is a national/world day for almost anything…
Today January 2nd is WORLD INTROVERT DAY
Per Google an Introvert is
A term introduced by the psychologist Carl Jung to describe a person whose motives and actions are directed inward. Introverts tend to be preoccupied with their own thoughts and feelings and minimize their contact with other people.
I didn’t fully understand that I was an introvert until I was in my mid 30’s.
I was dating an
extrovert. Psychology. a person characterized by extroversion; a person concerned primarily with the physical and social environment (opposed to introvert ). Psychology. to direct (the mind, one’s interest, etc.) outward or to things outside the self.
He introduced me to the book by Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in A World That Can’t Stop Talking
I haven’t finished reading the book but many introverts I have spoken with have said it is a wonderful read.
After reading some of the book and doing my own research I slowly began to realize that YES as a child I was shy, as a teen and young adult I was reserved, but as an adult I am an introvert.
Many people don’t understand that introverts ARE NOT anti-social. We enjoy being social but on our terms.
Because I am an avid thinkers small talk can sometimes bore me and I avoid it if I can.
The extrovert and I parted ways…not fault of neither. It just wasn’t a good fit.
Dating has been hard for me. The tug of wanting to be around people then needing to be away from them. Many men don’t understand my silence isn’t anger. My silence is just me thinking, something I enjoy doing as much as I enjoy laughing.
Introverts are like devices that need to be recharged…the way we recharge is by being alone. Doing the things we love.
After a week of work sometimes all I want to do is get home on Friday, make sure I have enough food till Monday and lock the door.
I might spend that time reading, writing, listening to music, catching up on TV, movies or podcasts.
I was never a person that had a large group of friends. I know LOTS of people but only a handful I would consider and acknowledge as friends. I’ve lost a few friends mainly because I didn’t understand what being an introvert was…I didn’t understand who I was.
I do now. I have learned to understand that I MUST balance my “alone” time and my “social” time. I don’t have to apologize for it.
I’m proud to be
*Happy World Introvert Day to all my thinkers enjoying their alone time*
Until next time,