Being an introvert, something was wrong with me
On the quiet corner, I slowly lifted my chair to join the group of new students. My classmates were busy grouping themselves, too. We read the poem as loud as we can.
No Man Is an Island
by John Donne
No man is an island, entire of itself;
every man is a piece of the continent,
a part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less,
as well as if a promontory were,
as well as if a manor of thy friend’s
or of thine own were.
Any man’s death diminishes me,
because I am involved in mankind;
and therefore never send to know
for whom the bell tolls;
it tolls for thee.
It’s when I felt that something was crumbling with me, the world became a scary place. I got tired of a noisy group situation. Too much noise was draining. I found myself bored and lonely in a crowd of people, even people I knew and liked.
Shy was a buzzword. Fixed and distorted image, I was labeled as conservative, reserved, not fun, and weird.
I managed to end the poem, and knew that I had involvement in humanity.
‘Getting back home and kicking off my shoes’ to unravel seemed more attractive than a congested room.
It was a real kick in the pants to merge myself into an array of new faces where I had some level of discomfort in crowds.
Being an introvert, I didn’t need to be expressive in conversation to make friends. “Hey, where do you live or what is your name?” be a huge invasion of privacy.
Road to Damascus
The catalyst cropped up. I unwrapped ‘me’ from my blanket and vied for the beauty pageant event.
Given that aged at 18, I acted as an extrovert as a boisterous world could want. In order to overcome the paralyzing shyness stereotype, I turned bubbly with the panel of judges’ questions. Like a ball of fire, the prolonged applause from the audience was so loud and insistent. I froze.
With this, I’ve detached myself from the overused idea of timidity and conservatism.
That moment was my turning point. Everything changed after that.
There was nothing wrong with me.
I felt safe and warm and quiet inside my cocoon.
I wasn’t shy!
Shyness is the fear of social disapproval or humiliation, while introversion is a preference for environments that are not overstimulating. Shyness is inherently painful; introversion is not. — Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts… Click To Tweet
In a working environment
I’d been in a corporate office for years. But I chose to enjoy my natural powers of persistence, concentration, and insight. Because of that, I worked on my own term.
The secret to life is to put yourself in the right lighting. For some, it’s a Broadway spotlight; for others, a lamplit desk. Use your natural powers of persistence, concentration, and insight to do work you love and work that matters. Solve problems, make art, think deeply. —Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
I agree with @ThunderPuff that working from home was way better than working in an office with people.
Instead of grabbing a coffee with someone, I started to climb on the bandwagon of digital technology.
Three beautiful things I created in the web being an introvert:
Launched a website
Learning never exhausts the mind. —Leonardo da Vinci
I was at my wit’s end — trying to figure out how to install WordPress properly. Thus, I enroll in this course, Set Up WordPress And Blog: A Crash Course In Web Publishing. As I set up WordPress I had started creating content and started building an online business and brand.
Managed a blog
They listen more than they talk, think before they speak, and often feel as if they express themselves better in writing than in conversation. —Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
Writing was something I did to keep peace with myself. All I had been my words. I needed to use them to fully move the intricacies of what I was saying.
Yet, the conventions of writing and blogging were very different. I emphasized writing for humans and optimizing for machines.
So, I came up with this useful SEO content writing guidelines on creating a blog post.
Made money from freelancing
Show off your own style and uniqueness to stand out. That’s the advice I’d give to people getting started online now. —Conor Maynard
Freelancing was the best way I’ve put my feet forward to make money at home. I only need one patron to start. I didn’t get caught up in thinking I need ten clients like a shot.
At first, the scene had made my day a bit worried and excited out of the gate. But by the second month, I felt confident to have done the tasks well with the use of some productivity tools.
Until I started evangelizing how to earn one’s living as a freelance.
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Conclusion: Being an introvert, I needed space to reenergize. I grew withdrawn and introspective. My introversion was not a defect or an embarrassing secret. I was as normal as the rest of the world. How about you? What was your memorable experience being an introvert? Let me know by commenting on.
All the best!
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