in·tro·vert (n.) – a person characterized by concern primarily with his or her own thoughts and feelings (opposed to extrovert).
Since leaving University (and my beautiful cat who I shared with the best friend) more than 14 months ago, my introversion has come on leaps and bounds.
You see, real life doesn’t often leave opportunity for being an introvert. You’re expected to get on with things, be a team-player at work (and obviously, too), there’ll be errands to run, people to see and there’s not really much scope for ‘I quite want to be on my own’.
I’m very lucky to be self-employed. From the moment I studied freelancing as a module for my degree, I knew that being self-employed would be ‘me’. I’m my own boss, I approach and am approached by clients and have much more freedom that most. But with that comes a need for networking, something that I was once terrible at yet also something that blogging has opened my eyes to. The blogging community makes it so easy to feel welcomed and appreciated without feeling like you have to try too hard in conversation. Once we’ve had our evenings on Twitter, airing all and chatting about the oddest topics, meeting up with a near-stranger for an event seems pretty normal!
Introversion in my experience leaves you feeling torn between two places. On one hand, having short bursts of time with others and then some time to myself is perfect for recharging, yet on the other, I can’t help but constantly worry (when I’m usually pretty darn laidback) that I’m being left behind in the competitive industry that I’ve valiantly begun to try and conquer.
What are your thoughts, and experience, on being an introvert? Any tips for breaking out of your shell for real-real life? ♥