Some of us get our energy from being ”out there” a lot: talking and interacting with others frequently, going to parties, etc. (extroverted)
Then there are those of us who primarily are most centered and get our energy from within: from peace, quiet, and solitude.(introverted)
There is no right or wrong way to be. We are just wired how we are wired.
I would characterize myself as being more introverted than extroverted. That does not mean that I am not friendly or a total loner who does not seek the companionship of others. On the contrary, I treasure my husband, family, friends, neighbors, colleagues, etc.
What it does mean, is that I have a high need for alone time to: process life, nurture and replenish my soul and spirit, and gather my energy and strength. If I don’t get this time I am downright irritable and off balance. I appreciate socializing but in small amounts. Large parties wear me out. I can have a good time at them but it is not my preferred way to spend my time.
Is there something wrong with me? Over the years I have asked myself that question from time to time because I think our society tends to affirm the extroverts of the world more.
In a recent post I wrote about accepting ourselves. With self acceptance, comes true peace.Otherwise we are stuck in a state of constant anxiety and worry.
If you are a person who is introverted, I encourage you to embrace that part of yourself. You are most likely a sensitive, introspective, thoughtful, and creative person.
When you doubt yourself (and we all do), affirm yourself by declaring: “I AM enough!”. Write it in your journal. Feel those words. Believe them.