Not Just Shy

Not Just Shy

Posted 2014-07-05 by Colleen P Moynefollow
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When I was a child my teacher wrote on my school report card that I was ‘introverted.’ I asked my mother what that meant and she replied that it just meant shy.
It wasn't until I became an adult that I learned what introversion really meant, and suddenly so much about my life made sense.

Being an introvert and being shy are two very different things. I’m not shy – in fact as part of my job I interact socially with many people during the course of the day. The difference is that when I leave work I look forward to coming home to my quiet little house and my own company.

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Being around other people drains my energy and the only way I can recharge is by being completely alone. It’s not that I don’t like other people; it’s that I need the balance of spending time by myself.

I’m often asked whether I get lonely living on my own and my answer is no, not at all. I don‘t have a large circle of friends, and don’t deliberately seek out the company of others. I try to avoid parties or any kind of social gathering, and because of this I’m sure I've upset a few people over the years. There were even times in the past when I made up an excuse or feigned illness just to avoid offending someone with the truth.

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So what do I do with all this alone time? Well, I write, read, learn, and listen to music. I go for long drives, visit art galleries, museums, markets and op-shops. Since moving to the country I’m learning about gardening. I also go fishing and exploring with my latest toy – a metal detector. These things give me great pleasure and I feel completely fulfilled when I’m doing them alone.

Apparently about one in every four people is an introvert and those who have extroverted personalities have a hard time understanding us. They cannot seem to grasp the concept of craving alone-time. Some even attribute introversion to snobbery or a lack of self-confidence which is far from the truth.

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Perhaps it’s time we began an ‘introversion awareness’ campaign. Introverts everywhere should proudly announce who and what we really are. Maybe we all need to wear a t-shirt or badge proclaiming that we’re introverts and proud of it. The only problem with this is that we may draw even more unwanted attention!

Here’s an idea – how about a public holiday just for introverts so we can celebrate by staying at home curled up with a good book!


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