As you can already tell by the name of my blog, I am an introvert. I have only come to realize this recently. I was very quiet ever since I was a child and people did not hesitate to smack a label right on my forehead. Getting called things like stuck-up, rude, arrogant, weird, autistic, slow and antisocial is something I’ve grown accustomed to unfortunately. One thing I’ve noticed is that people tend to be intimidated by complex people. It’s ok to be curious about someone who is different but judging them prematurely can be very offensive.
We live in a very extroverted world. Sadly society does not cater to people who are introverted. Introverts are forced to be social at work, school, and social gatherings. Our feelings are almost never taken into consideration. Early on we realize that in order to survive we have to adapt, even if that means putting ourselves in situations that are harmful to our well-being.
To all the introverts out there just know that you are not alone and there is nothing wrong with you.
People say things like: “you’re too quiet”, “you need to talk more”, “you need to make more friends” and “you need to be more outgoing”. However, we never tell extroverts that they’re too loud, that they talk too much or that they need less friends. People tend to forget that people have different personalities. Just like there are different races and ethnicities there are also different personality types. Can you imagine how boring the world would be if we all looked and acted the same way? Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying there is anything wrong with being social. I just don’t think that we have to be social 24/7. Us introverts gain our energy by spending time alone.
If you take the time to get to know an introvert you’ll come to find that they have some great qualities and they are amazing friends.
Introverts tend to be very intuitive and creative. We are constantly thinking, imagining and creating things in our minds. Introverts are also very observant and meticulous. People tend to take our reserved nature as a weakness and it’s really unfortunate. Some of the boldest people in history were introverts. People like Albert Einstein, Rosa Parks, Bill Gates, JK Rowling and Mahatma Ghandi. These people had a great impact on our society and it further proves the notion that you can be an introvert and still be fearless.
Mahatma Ghandi has a quote that says: “In a gentle way you can shake the world”. I think Rosa Parks represents this quote perfectly. The action that Rosa Parks took was very gentle but it had a major impact on our society. She did not have to scream or yell to get her point across and her goal was still accomplished.
If you are an introvert I want you to know that you are not weird. You are different and there is nothing wrong with that. Being an introvert is totally ok and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Be around people who accept you for who you are and remember that you are amazing and you are loved.
This article is not intended to offend extroverts. This was written to spread awareness. Knowing this information can really help you the next time you encounter an introvert. All we want is to be understood and treated like everyone else.