I found this test on Pinterest where you could test if you’re truly an introvert. There’s no doubt about that. Introversion is not a disease or a disability though. Or a person from another planet. That’s what it feels like when I read articles or somewhere on the internet where it’s written about it. It’s part of your personality. You can do anything an extrovert can. It just takes time to get to know an introvert. People doesn’t seem to understand that. If you tell them you’re an introvert, they’ve already decided what kind of person you are. I guess that’s the reason I’ve never had any real friends. Also because I have nothing in common with people. But that’s has nothing to do with introversion. I just haven’t met the right people.
You would think introversion would be an advantage in the work environment. Hard working and multitasking. But people expect you to be outgoing all the time. Introverts are not scared of people, they just don’t waste their time socializing. They’re there to work. Being social doesn’t mean you have to talk. Maybe extroverts lack that ability, to listen and be social at the same time.
I didn’t go to that school reunion after all. I didn’t bother going. Paying for a train or bus ticket and then socialize with people I barely know. Besides I only travel to the capital (Helsinki) if I really have to. I ignore that place like a plague. That city is just too big for my taste. I got lost once (almost twice) and that wasn’t a pleasant experience. Asking for direction is really difficult for an introvert. It takes a lot of courage. When I did, that person couldn’t even give me a straight answer. “It’s that way’ he said and pointed. What does that mean anyway? I had to call my dad for advice what to do. I was in panic and I thought I never find my way to the bus station.
For some introversion can be a burden but for me it’s not a problem. I like going to the movies by myself. I like doing things by myself. Then you don’t need to ask permission and you can do what you want. Even though sometimes company would be nice. Being alone doesn’t kill me. It just makes me stronger.
Introverts should be proud of who they are. No one should tell you how to be. There’s nothing wrong with you. It’s other people’s attitudes that is the problem.