“I’m an introvert. I don’t talk much. As long as I can remember I have never talked that much. I think there are many things that have lead to this. I don’t like the sound of my voice. I remember being in a group of friends and telling a joke and no one laughed, then 5 minutes later someone else would say the same joke and everyone would laugh. I remember as I became older talking to a group of people and talking about a tragic world event and getting the response “yeah that was bad”. Then 30 minutes later a new person would enter the group and talk about the same subject and now it turns into an hour debate. Maybe I just don’t think I have anything important to say. So I learned to be quiet” (excerpt from “I’m an Introvert” by Robert Hansen)
I could have written this! Word for word, every word. It’s hard to come out of your shell once you go in and realise the comfort and safety there from rejection, put downs and strange looks. I was told I asked stupid questions. That I make silly and ignorant comments. Sometimes I’m too slow in following their conversation and they tire easily in trying to include me, trying to understand me and trying to appreciate me. I’m weird, eccentric, naive or plain dumb, they think and sometimes say. It took me a while to appreciate all that I am and call it unique and beautiful. I found my voice in writing. I discovered without their help and permission that I am witty and fun, smart and insightful. And discovering others who share an understanding of my experience is like…AMAZING.
Thanks for sharing Robert 🙂
If you’re an introvert too, or you can relate to some of mine and Robert’s experience, I would love to hear from you too…
Christian Love, Ufuomaee.
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