Confession time, we’re introverts.
You can always pick us out at a party because we’re the ones slinking around the corners trying our best to avoid small talk. While this is perfectly normal introvert behavior, many people think it’s rude. But that’s because they don’t know what introverts are really like.
Here are a few things to know.
This is one thing that introverts truly hate. It’s a true horror, really. There you are, minding your own business and someone suddenly wants to talk. What do you do, escape? Run away?
You can’t because that would be rude, so now you’re stuck trying to make conversation with this person you’ve only just met when all you want to do is go to the bar and decompress.
We’ve all been there. We’re sitting, minding our own business, and who should we get stuck with but a talkative uber driver.
Now we’re forced to make conversation for the sake of politeness, which is really awful because all we wanted to do was listen to music and be quiet.
Life sucks sometimes.
It’s a problem we’re all familiar with. The sun is up, the clouds are nice and fluffy, so you decide to go outside. It’s going all good and well until you encounter that most monstrous of nuisances – people.
There they are with their grubby smiles and their grubby need to communicate, so you do what every smart introvert does. You slink back home and hope nobody sees you.
Do you know how it’s hard to call people?
No, seriously, do you?
What if they don’t pick up, and there’s that awkwardness of will-they won’t-they call? What if they do pick up and now you’re forced to have a conversation?
It sucks either way.
What if they’re like, super intimidating?
Or, you know, just your neighbor, asking for a cup of coffee.
Either way – super uncomfortable.
Like, run away and hide uncomfortable.
We’ve all been in this situation before. You could go and grab some food, or you could just slink around in the background and wait till everyone leaves.
And if they don’t leave, you can just starve.
At least you don’t have to deal with any awkwardness…
All that time spent worry, fretting, and otherwise ruminating takes it’s toll.
And then there’s the added stressor of getting to know people so they become people you can actually talk to.
Such a hassle.
How do you tell someone to go away politely?
Yes, you enjoy their company, but now you’ve had too much of it.
It’s the eternal introvert’s dilemma, you want people around, but you also don’t. And, as they say – you can’t have your cake and eat it too…
All we ever want to do is rush home so w can sling on some PJs and wrap ourselves in our favorite blankets.
Add some wine or tea, a cat and maybe some chocolate and what you’ve got is perfection.
Ah, the bliss…
It always happens. You make plans to go out, you actually follow through (for once) and then you get there and it absolutely sucks.
So what do you do? How do you handle this festering disappointment life has handed you?
Well, you retreat to a corner, and then make your graceful exit before things get weird.
But then again, they already were…