Today it’s time to make a declaration.
It’s no secret that I’m an introvert, although because I’m not shy and have done many risky things in my 43 years, many people confuse me with being an extrovert.
So here it is “I’m an introvert and I’m proud of it”.
I’ve said it.
I feel better now.
Why did I decide to do that?
It seems many introverts are concerned about being labelled introvert. They worry about how they fit in and what others say about them. They think they need to be extroverted because society pulls them that way. Some even tell them they need to be cured.
That pressure actually contributes to anxiety, stress and depression in many introverts. It’s an unwanted advance, no different than forcing yourself on a women or making a comment someone’s ethnicity. Those statements can make an introvert feel unwanted, unloved and broken.
That’s a shame.
You should embrace the great things that come with being an introvert.
Perhaps you are just shy or have anxiety. You can treat those things. As an introvert you can be as social as you need to be. All these things can be learned and practiced.
You are who you are.
be proud of who you are
Nothing is broken.
You don’t need fixing.
You have many unique gifts to share with the world.
Your brain is wired differently, not the wrong way. It process dopamine at different levels and retrieves information from a different part. You need time to process information but your insight and depth of knowledge contributes in many ways.
Your listening skills and level of empathy levels are valuable.
You probably have a keen sense of creativity or deep thought. Your actions are sensitive in an often cruel world. You dig intellect and in depth conversation.
So you require a recharge to get back on track…who cares. Go and get it. I love my down time. I write in a remote location and the little social time I get is perfect. I visit friends or do activities when I need to. I have a chance to engross myself in projects, writing and solitary activities. I create great stuff and help many people doing so.
I’m proud of my work, my life, my travels, my integrity and my introversion.
You should be too!