Calling all introverts
Except not literally, because we usually hate talking on the phone. (Or is that just me?). Within the last year, I have come to realise that having a massive circle of friends and being around crowds or at a ton of parties just wasn’t for me anymore. At first, I tried to convince myself that I still liked these things and that it would be weird of me to want to stay in all the time, reading or hanging out with my cat. Eventually thought, I decided I need to be myself. and not worry what anyone else thought. As long as I liked me, who cares right? Being introverted has nothing to do with disliking people, or wanting to be completely and utterly alone. It means different things for everyone. For me, crowds drain the life out of me. So does random small talk all day, with people I barely know. I just prefer my own space where I can sit quietly and do what I love. It’s not that I dislike people in any way, in fact I love meeting new people and learning things about them or making friends. I just need time to re-charge in a way that feels good to me.
What helps you feel your best?
If those things make me – or anyone – a little quirky, then I say it’s all the more reason to embrace it. The people who love you will appreciate you for who you are.
When do you feel your best? The most comfortable, or the happiest? Personally, it’s with my cat in my lap writing a blog post, reading on my kindle or even playing the odd video game. (Yes, I am a totally video game junkie. I love that it takes my mind off everything for an hour or two when I feel especially anxious. I’d prefer that over a movie for two hours any day). If those things make me – or anyone – a little quirky, then I say it’s all the more reason to embrace it. The people who love you will appreciate you for who you are.
Your hobbies and interests are just that. Yours. Life is way to short to just do things because you think they are cooler than something else. Do something for the passion and the enjoyment of it, period! If being around tons of people all day or night makes you feel tired and exhausted – don’t do it! Stay home and relax. If I am not listening to what my body needs, I feel especially tired and anxious. I get a little irritable and I just don’t feel good. By doing what makes me feel good, like staying in with a cozy blanket and a hot cup of coffee, then that’s what I’ll do. And you should too.