When I was a little girl, I was the one who was sitting by herself with her dolls. I have always been good at being by myself. I have always been good at taking care of myself. The one thing I’ve never been good at is talking when I’m with a bigger group. When I was little, you could call me a shy person, but that’s not really the case anymore. It’s not that I’m good at being the centre of attention now, it’s just that I’ve grown to appreciate me being the way I am. I am not a shy person. I am an introvert.
I have overcome a lot in the last few years. I have learned to make small talk when necessary. I have learned to show real interest in other people. Most importantly, I have learned to be confident in myself being an introvert.
Life can be hard for an introvert in an extrovert world. I don’t know very many people who are like me, so there’s not much guidance in ‘how to be yourself’ when you’re like me. It’s hard to get the jobs you want, because there’s always someone who is better with people. For instance, if I really wanted to work in a store (which is something I know I can do, ’cause one on one I’m quite the talkative person), but there’s someone else applying for it too and that person is an extrovert, and at the job interview the interviewer sees the difference between me and the extrovert, they’ll always choose them over me.
Something most people don’t get is that it’s not that I’m afraid to say something to someone, it’s just that I don’t always feel like talking. And that’s not because I don’t like that person or anything, but I just enjoy being quiet quite a lot. I think being an introvert should be something that’s more known by more people. People should realize that introverts are just a different type of person. And yes, we do have a manual, but we’re equally as fun. I want people to start understanding us, because we make an effort to understand them too. I don’t always get why someone else wants to be the centre of attention, but I don’t judge them on that, you know.
Let’s all embrace each other and the ways we are! It’s important to spread love everywhere, because lots of people don’t get enough of it.
I know today’s post is a little different, but it’s one that’s really dear to me. I hope all other introverts get that you’re not alone in the way you are, and that there’s absolutely nothing wrong with you! It’s okay to be the quiet type. It’s okay to stay at home watching Netflix on the weekends. It’s okay to feel more of a connection with animals sometimes. You’re the best person you could be and you’re just down right amazing.
As a wise mister once said: “…because I rant not, neither rave of what I feel, can you be so shallow as to dream that I feel nothing? ”