I’M AN INTROVERT

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I’m different because I’m introverted.

An introvert is an individual who tends to turn inward and be more focused on internal thoughts and feelings as opposed to seeking out external stimuli.

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I myself fall under the label of introvert pretty easily. A lot of people have trouble understanding introverts, but that’s a two-way street! I also have a lot of trouble understanding the things that you don’t understand. Let’s find some common ground here.

1. Popularity contests: It feels good to be liked. That is for sure. I like being liked too! But the popularity contests I see around me are unbelievably foreign. The idea of being, for example, an ‘influencer’ seems so profoundly pointless. Or, I mean, I understand that there’s money to be made, but the long haul to becoming a popular figure like that seems absolutely exhausting. I’m swiping left on that idea.

2. Weekends out: There’s a perception among non-introverts that introverts don’t enjoy going outside of their homes and doing things. Not true! I love a good, fun Saturday outing. But the location is important. I can’t deal with a raucous weekend at a crowded setup. I don’t like being exposed to a crowd, unless I know everyone there. Whenever I find myself in a crowd it feels as if everyone is looking at me and I hate it.

3. Huge parties: I like parties quite a bit. It’s great to catch up with friends in one big setting. You can kind of move from one person or group to the end. But have you ever walked into a party where the room is absolutely packed with people dancing and talking? I damn hate it. I enjoy going to parties, but I can’t deal with parties like that.

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4. Phone calls: If you loved me, you wouldn’t ever call me. I don’t like picking calls. Not that I don’t ever want to hear from you, but just send me a text. With a phone call, I have to discuss different things right away, whether or not I want to. With a text message, I can just reply whenever I’m feeling it. That sounds way nicer to me.

5. People who talk…a lot: Introverts don’t dislike talking. Here I am, an introvert, writing a bunch of words down about things we don’t like. But my writings on this will probably end around the 600-word count. I tend to be precise with the things I say and leave it at that. I can’t stand having the kind of energy necessary to keep talking and talking and talking. A lengthy lecture or a long conversation is my mortal enemy.

6. Being called boring: Hey, I figure if what I am is “boring” then I will gladly adopt the label. Even though I’m introverted, I find my life to be pretty interesting. I go on lots of solo road trips, watch a lot of YouTube vlogs, read tons of amazing books, and forge deep connections with people I truly love.

7. Socializing for the fun of it: I’ll say this to start with: I think that socializing is fun. But it’s not the simple act of socializing that’s fun to me, but the deeper connections that spending time with people can create. I love deep conversations, philosophical discussions, and even debates. Surface-level socialization is something I find tedious and energy sucking.

bored boy sitting alone at a park by Kelly Knox - Stocksy United

8. Being the life of the party: When I am socializing with groups of people, it is my favorite to sit back and simply enjoy the company of the people I’m with. It’s not that I won’t talk, but I definitely don’t want to be the life of the party. I find that kind of attention to be pretty exhausting. Introverts are definitely a little bit different. So next time I ignore your calls or fail to give you company to that party now you know better.

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Sammy is a lover of Jesus, a passionate writer and a storyteller who aims at informing, thrilling and entertaining. He also doubles up as a Pianist, a Guitarist and a singer. He likes swimming, traveling and taking photos.

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  1. Hahahaha Sammy hapa tuko kimoja. I’m half introvert tho but hio ya kupick calls I’m extreme.

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