**This post was inspired by the wonderful book, “Quiet” by Susan Cain
I often find that it is a struggle to get through the day without needing to retreat more and more into my own world.
I find that sometimes anything and everything is too much.
I get angry, anxious, upset.
I find it difficult to be around anyone and could really care less to be around people most of the time.
I’d rather wake up alone, without any form of technology turned on, and just read a book.
Everything else is just too stimulating.
I can truly say that I could spend 99.9 % of my time in solitude.
Doesn’t mean I want to be lonely.
I just like to be alone.
And this is true for most introverted people.
No, I am not shy by any means! Well, I can be sometimes.
By introverted, I mean those of us who need to spend a vast majority of time alone to unwind, create, etc. Who are more comfortable away from the stimulation of the outer world, the fast-pacedness, the constant noise.
Those of us who are more apt to observe and then speak. Who enjoy the company of one or two close friends or relatives as opposed to being friends with the whole universe.
You could be a shy introvert, but you could be a shy extrovert too!
I am often finding myself way too over stimulated, trying to be an extroverted introvert in this highly extroverted universe.
And boy, is it draining!
To be someone who always has to be promoting oneself, competing, doing things, pushing, pushing, pushing… that is just totally not how I work.
And it makes me question. How many of us really are those kind of people who can just always be on?
How many of us enjoy teamwork, constant interaction with others, competition, and so on?
I wonder why we put so much emphasis on doing instead of not doing… I mean, don’t you just relish that “quiet time” you find here and there to recharge?
Wouldn’t we have a lower incidence of disease, sickness, disorders, and other ailments if we were taught at a young how to self-reflect and how to truly feel our emotions?
I believe that true intelligence is not how much more you know than another about something, but how quiet and reflective you can be.
Teaching children meditative technique at a young age, (in whatever form that may be for them), might help to lower outbursts or temper tantrums, as well as illness, and would help to groom a more introspective adult. Yes, kids are kids, so they need to be silly too!
Introverts should not be condemned as being quiet or shy. Just as perhaps being a little more reflective. Besides, enough with the stigmas… that’s so yesterday!
But this is not a post against extroverts by any means!
As always, balance is needed. A balanced world where introverts could do their thing and extroverts could do theirs, but somehow met in the middle?
That’d be awesome.
Because I’m definitely done living under someone else’s rules.
Now would you just be quiet and give me some space!!
Looking within from MyEmoHeart