I was out extroverting in person today. I’m not saying it’s physically painful or anything, only exhausting.
I previously mentioned that I had to go away from the internets for a while because sometimes I find it difficult to constantly interact, even online. I need to have at least an equivalent amount of down/me time and I failed to do that.
I think the solution is to set literal time limits for interacting on social media. (Facebook will be at the bottom of my list. Or, maybe the solution is to invest in new family members to connect with. Kidding, family, kidding.)
I mentioned the social media time limit plan to someone and they looked confused, “But, you don’t have a problem with crowds.”
That person was an extrovert. I guess peopling is peopling to them. Let me explain it for the outgoing folks: Not all introverts are alike.
I find it taxing if I must constantly interact. Simply being among the muggles is fine. In fact, the more the merrier. If there’s enough people around, that means I don’t have to do a lot of conversing. Which is usually a win/win for everyone involved. Believe me.
That brings up a suggestion I have for other introverts: Find someone you can shove ahead of you in social situations. I’m thinking of renting my spouse out to other introverts for parties and family gatherings. You can hit me up for the proposed fees, if you’re interested. She’s also a good first line of defense against huggers (those bastards) for an additional service fee.
I’m getting to the point of this post, which is… to let my fellow introverts know that it’s okay to be you.
If you’re an introvert of any sort and you’ve had to do some extroverting lately, you should be proud of yourself. Keep up the good work!
Remember to take the appropriate amount of down time and I’ll see you back on social media soon. Maybe.