I once read these 10 Myths About Introverts and felt extremely validated by all the points on the list.
Most people around me don’t like to believe I’m an introvert. According to my husband the former psychologist, I’m a functional extrovert, which I think is a very apt description of how I’ve gotten by in extremely social situations all my life so far. But as I get older, it seems harder to summon up the extrovert persona on demand.
Last week I helped out in a wedding that spanned events across two days, then headed off on a business trip involving three plane trips and two full-day meetings over three days. It was a very fruitful week on the whole, which involved spending a lot of time with people in a professional context with my game face on. But – and I can’t help but feel that this makes me sound weak – it takes a lot out of me to be that functioning, extroverted person on days on end, all while coping with a marked lack of sleep and less than a full state of health.
I guess where I’m going with this is: this is not a world that accommodates introverts readily, and I’ve done my part to meet it halfway. Even though reaching out to people often takes a real inner effort on my part, I keep trying. But sometimes I just need to be cut a break – and on those occasions it’s good to have friends who will reach out to me instead.
(This post is not a reflection of my day today, which was filled with nice friends whom I am very fond of, even though they are extroverts 🙂