“Coming out of Hiding”
“I don’t like hiding. I do like to keep certain things to myself, but at the end of the day . . . “
Ever feel like hiding, especially after days of being with people and having to feel positive and happy all of the time? Then of course we feel guilty because we are supposed to be out there connecting with others and enjoying ourselves. As a very social introvert, this is my story and I am sure a lot of yours too.
I want to say “weeeehooooo” for all of us introverts who KNOW we need to balance being social out with people with a very real need to being by ourselves to re-energize and regroup. And that this need for balance it is a perfectly normal and acceptable way to be in the world, especially when our culture encourages extroversion.
Life is so full of wonder with opportunities to play and have fun. For us introverts, balancing a more social playing with enjoying alone time is a gift we can, and must, give ourselves! It is rather amazing really. An afternoon by myself reading, writing or playing in my kitchen or studio revives my spirit and allows me the energy to get out there. I love being with people, being fun and crazy, rather goofy; AND I love, and need, being by myself. It is not one or the other, but both!
The Power of Introverts
I found a fun TED Talk recently “The Power of Introverts” with Susan Cain. She wrote a book Quiet! The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking
. Cain, a very successful, corporate attorney for Fortune 500 companies is now talking about not only being an introvert, but the power in being more quiet, shy and ‘listening more than talking.’ Susan claims that her success in business comes from her more introverted traits.
So power to us introverts — all of us!