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Introverts Thriving During The COVID-19 Quarantine

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Hi – Over the past few weeks, I’ve sent a lot of heavy stuff. I wrote this in the wee hours of the morning and thought you might like a little something on the lighter side.

Ode to The Introvert

If we’re willing, COVID-19 can teach us a lot about ourselves and those around us. Today I had an ah-ha moment about how an introvert must feel in a largely extrovert world.

I’m an introverted extrovert. I need people and interactions, but I re-charge by being alone. I don’t need a lot of alone time, but when I do, I do. Well, COVID-19 has basically charged me for the rest of my freaking life!
But today, I started thinking about what it must be like to need to be alone in a world that focuses on togetherness. It has to be maddening.

The need to get out and engage for me is visceral. I physically hurt, cry, become angry, pace, and act a bit like a caged animal when I can’t freely move in this world the way I’ve become accustomed.

Yet I’m watching some family and friends, my husband Craig, for one, who seem to thrive, and settle in to this new normal as if it was always how it should have been.

As I’m pacing, my hair wired out like some 1980s awful rock band, longingly gazing at the liquor cabinet at 10 am, Craig is acting as if it’s his perfect Tuesday. I secretly want to spike his tea with Whiskey just to see what would happen. Seriously, I need something to keep me going!

Don’t get me wrong; I’m happy for all the introverts who are finally getting their moment. I can’t imagine how you’ve put up with us this long. But, please have patience with us as we struggle to adjust to this new state of being. We’re learning as we go. So when we cry and rant and you see us about to jump off the roof, just remember it’s all because we love being around you and miss you and count on you! You’re our balance – the yin to our yang.

And….I hope you miss us a little too 😊

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