Learning that being an introvert was ok took me 26 years…
It has always been a pressure in today’s society to be an introvert. I have found myself countless times answering questions as: Are you mad? Why are you so quiet? Why don’t you like parties? Are you ok?
Society normally sees extroversion as the right way to be: being extra social, wanting to go out every day, attending parties often, not being alone at any moment… Being that way is ok, too, but that is not the only way one can be to be accepted. Being an introvert is not a synonym of being depressed or mad, nor antisocial, which is acommon misconception.
Part of being an introvert means we like spending time on our own, that’s the way we recharge: Reading books, painting, sleeping, watching tv, going out for coffee on our own, going to the movies alone, not talking much… You name it.
We would be ok, I, personally, would have thought I was fine had I not been pointed out or judged by my way of being, or if I had not had so many extroverts around while growing up making evident the fact that I was different. But it is important that I reached this point in my life where I no longer ask myself what is wrong with me or how I can be more like the others while draining myself in highly social activivties.
Be yourself, unapologetically, because you will reach that point where I am now, but you would wish you had done it earlier. Embrace your beautiful self, no matter what others think or say.