Tell Me Something Tuesday was hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings, but she has (temporarily?) stopped blogging. So a group of us that had been doing posts (Linda from Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell, Karen from For What It’s Worth, Roberta from Offbeat YA, Jen from That’s What I’m Talking About and me) decided to get together, come up with some more topics and keep the meme going.Michelle made us a logo and we’re off and running. For more details, check out this post where I reintroduced the meme.
I can be sporadic, but when I do join in I will always share next week’s topic at the end of the post. So, today is about…
Are you an introvert or an extrovert?
It’s funny, when I was younger everyone had convinced me that I was an extrovert. I am sociable, but that’s not what it means to be an extrovert. An extrovert is invigorated by time spent with groups of people. They are energized by being around others and are outgoing and often outspoken. When I realized that (in my 20s), I was like, “welp, that’s not me.” But since I’d spent years being told I was an extrovert, I thought I COULDN’T be an introvert.
So I learned about this thing called ambivert. Basically you carry the traits of an extrovert and and introvert fairly equally. And I spent most my 20s and early 30s thinking this was me.
And maybe it was, but I think now that I’m 36 (almost 37), I’m just being more real with myself when I say I am ABSOLUTELY an introvert. I think I used to think that meant you were socially awkward an unable to be sociable. That’s not it at at all. I just don’t want to be and it drains me if I don’t get alone time. I often commit to social things and then when it’s time I have to force myself to follow through. And even if I end up enjoying myself (which I often do), I am also really exhausted from it.
So yeah, that’s my very long way of saying I’m an introvert lol 🙂