Happy Free-Thinking Friday!
This Friday I wanted to share a poem I wrote two years ago called “How to Love Your Introvert”
But first, let’s define what an “Introvert” is…
Even the definition that google has is a bit misleading as it defines an Introvert as a “shy, reticent person” which is not always the case. Being an introvert is so much more than that simple definition. Here is a link to a blog with an in-depth description of what an Introvert is and how they interact with the world. The blog explains it well by saying:
“an introvert is a person who gains energy from being alone and loses energy in stimulating environments, such as social events…”
I really appreciate that definition but it’s also important to mention that everyone is different and personality traits help shape each individual person and their experience. Here are just a few more things to note:
1.There are different DEGREES of introversion since introversion and extroversion occur on a spectrum.
2. No two Introverts are identical. Ever taken a personality test and gotten one of the 16 personality types? This one is my favorite. I’m usually INFJ but I’ve gotten INFP on occasion. The test is a cool way to learn about yourself and your personality. Once you take the test, there are many websites that reveal the strengths and weaknesses of your personality type. If it applies to you, you can learn ways to overcome your weaknesses and maximize your strengths.
I’ve met many people with my same “personality type” who are incredibly different from myself. Your specific personality type or whether you’re an Introvert or Extrovert does not determine what you’re capable of and it doesn’t limit you either.
3. No one is COMPLETELY an introvert or extrovert. The makeup of your personality is so unique that everyone possesses introverted and extroverted traits. You can be an introvert who loves public speaking or an extrovert who hates parties.
This poem is specific to my experience and how I was feeling in early 2016.
I hope you enjoy
How to Love Your Introvert
Do not punish me for the silence in my goodbyes or the shortage of words in my hello.
I will rarely know the right thing to say.
Do not take this silence for disinterest or assume I do not care.
The greatest gift I’ve ever wanted to give you is in the space I leave for you to grow.
Allow me to love you in the only way I know how,
Love me enough to let me love you.
Have a great weekend guys! See you on Sunday!