Thursday, July 26, 2012
Introvert? You Are Perfect the Way you Are!
No surprise among those who know me in my offline life, I am an introvert. A very happy introvert, indeed. According to the Myers and Briggs Foundation, there are two main psycological types- extroverts that like to spend time in the outer world and get their energy from active involvment in events and having a lot of different activities, feel comfortable in groups and savor social interaction. Introverts, often wrongly associated with shyness, on the contrary like to spend time alone or with one or two people they feel comfortable with and get their energy from the inner world of ideas and images. Interacting with people drains them, while staying alone recharges their batteries.
Far from being an hermit, I surely prefer spending time by myself, with my husband, my dog or a single friend, I don't usually frequent busy places (if/when I do, I end up in bed for a couple of days, energy totally taken away from me) and you won't see me at ceremonies, social gatherings, parties etc. I have my way of having fun and feeling alive, and those are certainly not my kind of fun. At all. I live and work in total silence, and only rarely my home resounds in music (and when it does, it's mainly very calm and soft or Christmas music). In the past, some people, from relatives to friends, made me feel miserable affirming there was something wrong with me for my high sensitivity, for my desire of staying alone, not joining social activities, gatherings and ceremonies, that I had to have fun (the way they had), that I was young and instead behaved like an elderly person etc etc etc all kind of things stating the rightness of their way of living and not mine. They surely didn't realize I was really happy the way I was!
Fortunately, at a certain point of my life, I have started to realize there was nothing wrong with me. I am perfect the way I am. And so are the other world's introverts, my DH included. I believe it's when you become conscious that you own your power and can really stretch those wings of yours and fly.
I am very pleased I've found out more and more about introverts lately. In a world that celebrates extroversion as the right way to be, I've also started to notice around the internet intoverts are bravely stepping out. It's also thanks to the connections I've had in my online life, relating to someone else's experiences and stories (and of course, working hard on myself) that I'm the person I am today- much happier, conscious, grateful, aware of my own power, and not afraid of stepping out sharing parts of my story for the benefit of others as well.