Learning to love being an introvert

Do you relish time alone and love waking up to days without any plans on the calendar? I do, but for some reason I’ve spent most of my life cramming too much into my calendar. Actually, it’s not for ‘some reason’ it’s because I didn’t want to be an introvert, I wanted to be far more sociable than I actually am.

Then in the summer I finally got around to reading Susan Cain’s book ‘Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking’ and now feel like so much stuff makes sense. It was incredibly healing. And now I love being an introvert! I love letting go of trying to keep up with everyone – I can’t do it – sorry! I love you but I need to hide regularly and batten down the hatches. It’s weird because I love people – but just one at a time so we can really connect. And then I need to go and hide for a bit and recover. It’s just how I am. And I really love this newly reconciled introvert.

I’m sharing this because I still feel like there’s some shame around being an introvert and I know I have friends who really need to hear this.