I made the shocking discovery last year that I am an introvert.  It took me by surprise and liberated me in ways I never could have imagined.  I’m still learning to navigate it, because 1) I’ve always strongly preferred my extrovert side and 2) I forget.  I forget that I’m an introvert and I forget that I need to recharge to function.  I forget it, until I feel extra crabby, and take a step back to figure out what my deal is.  Then it’s like, oooooh right.  The introvert thing.

And it’s even becoming more apparent to my husband.  After a particularly awesome, amazing, spectacular trip to Vegas with my girlfriends, I used up aaaaaall my extrovert powers and came home quiet and a little withdrawn, upon which Paul asked if I was OK.  At first I couldn’t put my finger on it.  And then when I realized “OH!  I’m an introvert!  I think I need to spend some time alone to recharge.”  he was like “Oh right!  I forgot about that.”

It still troubles me as a parent often enough.  I know I need that me-time, but I still carry around stupid guilt and question myself.  I juggle between thoughts of how much time is enough and how much is too much.  I feel guilty when I’m just being and I’m not getting shit done.  It’s tricky to find that balance.

This morning I woke up feeling pretty good.  It’s notable when that happens, because it’s rare.  I traced back my activities of yesterday, and we had a play date, so you would think I would be a little drained.  But in all actuality, this play date was with a good friend of mine who is also a bit of an introvert.  And we just introverted together.  It was seriously just what I needed.  A hang out to have some company and adult conversation, without really having to do anything.  The perfect storm in a way.

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So, my dear fellow introverts, find other introverts to hang out with.  You might be pleasantly surprised.

  1. What a great recommendation! I have also realized later in my life that I am a bit of an introvert, I definitely need me time/solo time to recharge. I have found that is part of why parenting is such a big struggle for me, I am never alone until the kids are in bed! Thanks for sharing this introverting tip, I love it.

    1. Guess we need to hang out! Just sayin’

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