I’m a typical Introvert.
I avoid crowds and parties full of strangers. I don’t like loud noises and chaos. I thrive with alone time. I prefer deep, one-on-one discussions over casual, group small talk. Warming up to new people can take me a while. Only about 10% of what is on my mind ever escapes my mouth. I express myself better in writing. I can’t stand to be interrupted when I’m talking. Animals are sometimes preferable company to people.
I also like to defy stereotypes.
Often, I challenge myself and step outside of my comfort zone. To some, the challenge may not look like much. To others, it may seem impressively daring. I love to travel. Before I was 30, I had been twice each to Israel and England, road-tripped the Oregon Trail on my own, took a road trip to New England in autumn because I could, and lived in the metro areas of two capital cities. I’ve moved often and have become adept at carving out a place for myself in new social groups and churches. By the grace of God, I have battled and occasionally prevailed against insomnia, anxiety, depression, insecurity, and toxic relationships. I started my own freelance writing business, which requires me to market myself and reach out to strangers, sometimes in writing and sometimes in person. I recently finished my first 5K.
This blog is intended to explore and challenge what it means to be an Introvert in life and culture. Join me, won’t you?
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