Ever felt like you are in one really tight and tiny corner in a large box filled with people? Ever felt you were being suffocated by so many social expectations that you want to scream? Well, welcome to the club. I’ve been there. I still feel like I’m there once in a while. But I’ve learnt to just be an introvert outside the box. Being quiet in a world that sees noise as living or communicating can be quite frustrating at times. The times you prefer to be alone, someone walks up to you and says “so you prefer to be a loner and not participate?” Duh.
It’s not like I’m incapable of communicating or of playing or any other thing that most people feel makes you a…participator. I love being alone, I love the quiet and serenity. It makes me hear myself think.
It makes me an introvert but I don’t believe it’s a bad thing to be introverted. I have my writing, I have my family and friends who are supportive of me and what I do- most of the time.
At first, when a lot of people kept complaining that I don’t talk much, that I’d prefer to read, study and watch movies all by myself or at times with a little company, they made me feel weird. They made me almost believe that I had a screw loose somewhere or something. All their comments and genuine concern for some, made me try really hard to fit in, to not think or behave outside the box. But, I wasn’t comfortable with this side of me; it felt awkward and really strange. It was like I was trying to be someone else or rather channel someone else who wasn’t me.
After about a year or so of trying to fit into some really tight shoes, I gave up. I decided that I was going to be me no matter what. I decided that I was going to wear what I wanted, eat what I wanted without so much of a care what people said or think.
It didn’t stop me from being brilliant, intelligent, beautiful and plain smart. It didn’t stop the guys from asking for my number and a date. It didn’t stop me from being the best at what I do. It still doesn’t, so it shouldn’t stop you either. Whether you’re an introvert or extrovert, you’re good the way you are.
The mistake most of us make is in allowing people to shape us, our attitudes, our speech and every other thing they feel is most suited to society.
Well, I really don’t care anymore whether they think I’m a weirdo or not. I am going to be ME for as long as I live. I have made up my mind not to let anyone dictate to me what I should do or shouldn’t do.
Once in a while, I try to be free, to be playful and simply not to give a hoo-ha what people say. I love me and if anyone finds me weird, then maybe they need to stop conforming and start behaving and thinking outside the box.
I still have a lot to write about my experiences as an introvert and the advantages of being an introvert. So, stick with me and as I share my thoughts.
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