I’m 37 years old and I’m just realizing I may be an introvert.
I came across this on Pinterest, took a quick read and thought, hey, that kinda sounds like me…but I’m not an introvert, am I? Maybe I need to do some Google research…
- Definition of an Introvert: Contrary to what most people think, an introvert is not simply a person who is shy. In fact, being shy has little to do with being an introvert! Shyness has an element of apprehension, nervousness and anxiety, and while an introvert may also be shy, introversion itself is not shyness. Basically, an introvert is a person who is energized by being alone and whose energy is drained by being around other people.
Yep, that sounds like me.
I told Mike that I recently realized I’m an introvert and he said, “no way – you’re not shy.” But after I read the above graphic to him, he was like, yep, that sounds like you. No wonder I generally don’t enjoy small talk, I’m not a big fan of parties and hey – I enjoy quiet evenings all by myself. I’m not strange, I’m not weird…it’s just how I am. I don’t dislike people, they just tire me out.
I always thought like everyone else that being an introvert meant you were shy, but I’m definitely not shy. I’m not lonely either. I read something that said just because I like being alone doesn’t mean I’m lonely. And I don’t want to be alone all of the time – so please do call or write dear friends and family – I just sometimes need time to re-energize my batteries. It’s my chemistry and my core.