One of my facebook friends recently posted this online article called “18 Struggles of Having An Outgoing Personality But Actually Being Shy & Introverted“.
After reading the article, I felt certain points rang true for me.
“#17. You prefer to travel alone, but meet up with people once you’re there.”
- Every single month, I try to visit my sister in Houston. At the end of this year, I plan on driving to California (a total of 21 hours of driving) all by myself. As an introvert, I don’t view long road trips as a daunting or dreadful task. I look forward to them and try to make the drive as enjoyable as can be, by burning some new songs, downloading some new audiobooks, or making some few scenic stops along the way.
“#16. You’re at your happiest in places like coffee shops and cafés: surrounded by people, but still closed off and keeping to yourself.”
- I always bring my headphones while I’m at Starbucks. That way, I can be around a full coffee shop and still feel excluded. I frequent Starbucks at least once a week and always feel productive when I’m there. I guess a small part of me enjoys seeing people coming and going. And a big part of me revels in the seclusion that is promised to me while I drown myself in my music.
“#7. Dating is weird, because you’re smiling and laughing and talkative at dinner, and then you don’t want to answer their texts for four days, because like, you just want to be left alone…”
- My alone time can sometimes be mis-interpreted as a lack of interest in the opposite sex. I remember my last girlfriend wanted to break up with me because she didn’t even feel like we were dating. I guess I enjoyed my alone time too much. There are times where I get too comfortable in my personal space, that I forget about the other person.
“#4. When you do choose to grace a party with your presence, you are the life of it. You’re dancing on the table and doing body shots until 3 a.m.”
“# 5. … You then retreat into three days of complete solitude to recover.”