Yes, it’s definitely something I’ve been missing for the last few weeks. Summer has been crazy. We’ve been going here and there. We went on our first camping trip last weekend. The kids are swimming like fish and eating like locusts. My son needs to make a vocalization with every movement that he makes. My daughters get crazy-silly giggly when they are exhausted. These go great with the never-ending cold I seem to have.
An artist friend shared the book with me after we talked about our mutual terror of large gatherings. It took me two years to get to it, but it was a fascinating read.
As an introvert, I’ve always felt like something was wrong with me. I prefer to listen rather than talk. I’m not great at jumping into group conversations. I prefer to email and need to force myself to make phone calls. When professors said that class participation was part of the grade, I panicked.
In school, I frequently felt like that was the wrong way to be and I had to learn how to like giving speeches and talking in front of people. That I should be able to make friends more easily when I mostly feel like people look like I’m a little (or a lot) weird.
This book helped erase that.(Well, some of it. People will still think I’m weird.) From it, I learned that introverts approach the world differently. They need quiet time to recharge. They think a lot before they express their thoughts. They need quiet, more isolated workspaces to work effectively and they come up with some of the best and most creative ideas.
I also learned that I’m not the only weird one. Approximately, 30-40 percent of the population is some degree of introverted.
If you are an introvert or live with an introvert, I would definitely check this book out. It will give you some great insights into that personality type.
Now I need to figure out how to get my quiet time with three kids rambling around the house.