Being an introvert has never been so prevalent in the forefront of my mind until recently. With the spotlight of the online world drawing attention to the social tendencies of our nature, I have been forced to consider where I fit. I have always rebelled from labels, especially when I feel like we aren’t so simple that we can be defined by a single term. How could I be an introvert when I was also goofy and outgoing and full of energy? I have come to realize that there is nothing simple about the word introvert and there is a huge variance in what that can look like for people.
Confessions of an Introvert
Me, I’m an outgoing introvert who can go to that place only if I am withdrawing into myself often enough OR if I push myself and make it happen. It is fun and rewarding but exhausting and something I avoid. I hate small talk, I find social gatherings awkward and uncomfortable because I can’t seem to skim the surface along with the rest of the crowd when I’m over in the corner hating the social niceties. I work far better in one-on-one settings where I can just get real with people and then that fun outgoing part of me just naturally comes out. To the rest of the world, I put up walls, I withdraw, and I can come across as a total snob even though that is the last thing I want.
In today’s episode I share a few real-life stories of what being an introverted homeschool mom looks like in settings like church or swimming lessons. I share how this comes into play when I am also an online public presence and how I am trying to find the balance between the outgoing me and the introvert me. But in the end, I want to hear from YOU! Are you an introvert or do you know one? How does this impact your homeschool, your home, your friendships? How do you find the balance between stretching yourself and pushing yourself out of your comfort zone while also respecting who you are and giving yourself time to recharge? I would LOVE to hear your response and story in the comments below!
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