I saw a church’s electronic billboard today which read, “Introverts have been waiting for this their whole lives.” Now, I applaud the attempt at humor in trying times (and it also reminded me of another story, but I’ll tell you that later), but I did think it was a bit unfair. I had this vision of people rubbing their hands together and laughing manically. The fact is, Introverts are just better equipped to handle the imposed social distancing and self-isolation guidelines.
I once read that extroverts get their energy by interacting with people while introverts get their strength during the alone times. On the flip side, being in forced social situations is draining for introverts while being alone is not very comfortable for extroverts. There are always extreme cases on both sides, but generally there is nothing wrong with being of either group.
For me, it’s not that I want to be alone all the time, it’s just that I don’t mind when I am. I don’t feel the constant need for socializing as others may. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy talking with people, it just needs to be on my terms. And when I’m done, I’m done. Don’t take offence.
I know people who have the gift of the gab and can maintain a conversation long after it has run its course. These people are good to have around. Just sit back and wait until there is an opportunity to share something.
Without introverts, we wouldn’t have certain creative works of art, scientific discoveries / advancements, and the like. Without extroverts, we would miss out on music and movie stars, social equality gains, and a constant forward movement of civilization. We also would not have politicians, but that’s a WHOLE other story…
So, embrace the Yin/Yang, positive/negative, push/pull, and invertebrate/vertebrate differences in our world.
(I didn’t forget about the story from the first paragraph)
In my hometown there was a church, which after many months of putting up with pranksters (hooligans? Vandals?), changed their billboard to read: God bless even those who steal our letters.