I had intended to post something totally different today, but then my girlfriend sent me this video. Once I watched it, I just knew I had to share it, because there's no way I'm the only one who carries a book or a notebook with me at (nearly) all times, and I know for sure that I'm not only blogger who has a pretty thick streak of introversion running right through me. In fact, I'd guess that about 70 per cent of bloggers, if not more, are introverts. I'd say, we're introverts with a small streak of extroversion. I mean, we do, after all, share our lives pretty openly on the internet. That takes a certain level of extroversion, if you ask me.
But, back to introversion...
After watching this video, I realized this week alone I have apologized more than once for needing a break—just a few moments for myself. You see, if I'm being honest, I'd tell you that I find socializing a wee bit exhausting. Don't get me wrong, I love chillin' with my friends and going out on adventures and chattin' it up with strangers (occasionally). But, after doing all of those things and doing them for days on end, I need some me time. I need to recharge with a good book or a journal entry or a craft project or a solo walk in the woods. I need to let my brain rest. I need to turn off the endless stimulation and just think for myself. Sometimes I feel guilty for taking the time to do such things. But this video reminded me of the importance of self reflection and autonomous thought, and it reminded me that we are all different and we need to embrace those differences and harness the power that comes with them. For me, that means taking a night off, reading a book and drinking a cup of tea while the world continues to spin around me. Who cares if I missed that awesome band, I'll catch the next one. In the meantime, I gave my brain a breather—an opportunity to formulate creative ideas of its own. Now that's magic!
Are you an introvert?