“Introverts avoid small talk because they know it is the white bread of conversation. There are no real nutrients in it. Just empty calories.”
I have always thought that an outgoing person is an extrovert and that a quiet person is an introvert. Turns out that it isn’t quite that simple. Most people, myself included, have considered me an extrovert. I love a good party, being with friends, laughing and I have never met a stranger. That is until a certain point.
Once the party or gathering becomes too large, I tend to check out. It’s too much. I get over stimulated and want to leave. I feel like I have run a marathon and that my energy is being drained by the minute. A friend invited me to lunch and told me “a few more girls” may join us. It ended up being a large round table of 10-12 women. Everyone was talking at once, nobody was listening to anyone but themselves and I did not know several of them. I became quiet and white knuckled through the whole thing. I felt like I needed a nap afterwards.
Later, my friend mentioned that I really checked out during the lunch. I did not notice it at the time but realized that she had a point. I felt bad about it and sensed that others felt I was unfriendly or rude. I told my therapist that I felt badly for checking out at the lunch and he said, “I don’t think you checked out. I think you checked in. You checked in with yourself.”
That is when I realized that my battery is recharged by spending time alone. An extrovert’s battery is recharged when they are around other people. I don’t like having a workout partner, going with someone else to get my hair done, etc. I cherish the few things that I can choose to do alone. That is when I am recharging so that I can re-enter my life, enjoy the people around me and almost fool myself into believing I’m an extrovert.
How do you recharge?
Take a second to notice and make sure that you aren’t setting yourself up to run on empty.
TEA IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
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HAPPENING IN HOUSTON
Central Market is hosting a Citrus-centric cooking class on Saturday, August 14 from 6-8pm! Learn how to make a variety of quick and easy dishes with one thing in common – the lively flavors of citrus!
Fried Oyster Tacos with Citrus Salsa
Roasted Red Snapper with Citrus & Pistachios
Blackened Redfish with Quick Cabbage & Lemon Butter
And of course wine!
It’s What’s on the Inside that Matters
You guys need to try Scandia Home’s Essential Luxury Bedding. Their pillows, comforters, featherbeds and mattress pads are heaven!Order it online or find it at Kuhl Linscomb or Longoria Collection in Houston!
… freshening up the house! I ordered a Nest Pura Smart Home Fragrance Diffuser (Bamboo scent!) and I am loving it! I typically burn the bamboo candle, but it is nice to leave this on when I am out. I definitely prefer coming home to the freshness instead of my stinky kids!