I remember the stress of having to speak in front of people at school or panic that would come over me when I was asked to read out loud. I hated going to sleepovers as a child as I was much more happy sleeping in my own home. I was never good at small talk and probably came off much more awkward and cold to people who just couldn't get a read of me as they first met me. All in all, was very much an introvert growing up (I also had no idea this was a thing until I got to my 20's) and that's never changed. For a long time, I thought that it would mean I wouldn't be good at being a business owner. Truthfully, all these things just never translated into fitting into traditional roles in today's world.
I spend a lot of years trying to fit into a premade box of what I felt I needed to be, be more personable, better at small talk, smile more, pushed myself to talk in front of people, and engage more. Every time I did, it felt like I had a horrible social hangover. Needing to be alone more to offset this overwhelming feeling. You see, people like me physically feel drained from having to socialize with others. We prefer to spend time alone, within our own thoughts and ideas, where it's quiet and calm. I love spending my days pouring myself into creating. It could be within photography, or editing, or writing. Days where I merely lose track of time because I'm so far deep into my own world. It probably looks pretty boring to those on the other side. It's always been my happy place to be in my own thoughts and creating.
As my dad said; We are wolves, we don't need others approvals, and we do not need others to occupy us as we are more than content to spend time with ourselves and nature or whatever we want to do.
I think people will usually fall into being either an introvert or extrovert. It's not often you have extroverts pretending to be an introvert, but I promise you that many introverts feel like they should try a little harder to connect with people, be better friends, become more comfortable in crowds, try to understand small talk, and just that once, pick up the phone when they see it ringing.
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