I recently made the decision to start a new series here on the blog. A series about life, but mostly about life as an introvert.
It’s not some taboo thing to shy away from. It’s who I am. So why not connect with other like-minded people, like yourself, and chat about all the wonderful perks of being an introvert!
First off, not all introverts are shy or socially awkward, like the stereotype portrays us be. We can be fun, outgoing, and far from boring. It just takes the right people and environment to make us feel comfortable enough to be our true selves.
What does it mean to be an introvert?
Introverts crave solitude – I enjoy being around my closest friends and family, chatting for hours, and catching up on what’s going on in your lives. But I have my limits. After a few hours of social interaction, I need time to recharge, time to be alone with my thoughts, and time to do something I enjoy, like baking or reading.
Introverts dislike large groups of people – I am my most uncomfortable when I’m within a crowd of people. I prefer one on one time with someone, talking about things I’m passionate about.
Introverts are slow to react – I need time to sit with my thoughts before acting on them. It takes me quite a while to formulate a decision on something, especially if it’s a major decision. I need to study my ideas, weigh the pros and cons, and then study the ideas some more.
Introverts are great listeners – I have been told that I’m a great listener and supportive friend. I’m also the type of person who never offers unsolicited advice. If you don’t ask for my opinion, you won’t get it.
Benefits of being an introvert
Introverts tend to have subtle talents, that when harnessed, come through as great strengths. Taking a few extra minutes to think about what you want to say means you are making mental connections and your answers will be of more substance.
Being self-sufficient is also a huge advantage. You don’t have to rely on someone’s opinion of you and instead, you can focus clearly on your goals and achievements for the day.
You don’t seek attention or need to be social. This allows you to closely focus on relationships and friendships that have depth and meaning.
Be proud of your introverted nature. You never know who you may inspire!