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Inside My Sparkly Shell: The 10 Best Things About Being An Introvert

I know sometimes we introverts can get pretty hard on ourselves. We often have to face criticism, bullying, and rudeness about our introverted nature, which can put a negative tone over our whole being. Take it from me, I didn’t start embracing myself completely until the past year or so, and I’m 22 years old!

So that was about 21 years of low confidence and sometimes even low self-esteem. It wasn’t until I learned more about myself that I discovered how awesome being an introvert really was. There were so many things I had never noticed about myself or passed off as nothing special that were just that – special. And all of those things can apply to you too!

In the spirit of the holiday season, I want to talk about the best things (or “gifts”!) that come with being an introvert. I had to narrow it down to 10, but there are plenty more!

Inside My Sparkly Shell: The 10 Best Things About Being An Introvert

When we speak, people listen

We are often the quietest people at the table and sometimes, people forget we’re even there. The great thing about that is that people will listen when we speak! They are usually pretty interested in what they’ll hear coming from the “mysterious, quiet one.” So take of advantage of this and let them hear you roar!

 

We don’t have to worry about getting in trouble for what we say

Something extroverts often have to deal with is “diarrhea of the mouth.” This is when they have no filter and say the first thing that comes to their mind. This gets them heard in social situations, but it is also the best way to offend people or say the wrong thing. Introverts, on the other hand, are so introspective and observant that we think (and sometimes overthink) about the things we want to say, often down to the exact wording we’ll use.

 

People are fascinated by us

Because we are so “quiet and mysterious”, people are often fascinated by our nature. They want to know how we function and are always curious to hear what we have to say. Introverts aren’t usually attention-seekers, so this can make for an uncomfortable situation for us. Nonetheless, it’s always nice to have people who are interested rather than turned off by us.

 

We are constantly beating people’s expectations 

Speaking of those who are turned off by us! There are some individuals out there who truly believe that being introverted is a weakness and will prevent any success in life. So, it’s always fun to prove these people wrong! Personally, I love public speaking and making presentations (evidence of my extroverted side). When I was in school, my teachers and fellow students were so surprised at my confidence in front of the crowd, which was always super satisfying!

 

We make good friends and partners

Two of the best traits that introverts have are our listening skills and how we think before we speak. These two traits work very well in relationships! We often find ourselves being the person who gives the best advice, the shoulder to cry on, or just the person who’s willing to listen.

 

We are almost never lonely 

It is said that introverts enjoy being alone, but are seldom lonely. We love our alone time very much, but that doesn’t mean we are lonely! We enjoy our own presence and like to take time to just be in our own minds or take part in our favorite solo activities. We have a pretty high tolerance for loneliness, so it takes us awhile to get to that point.

 

We are almost never bored

Most introverts have lots of hobbies! This means that we always have something to do in our down time. Also, our hobbies are usually solo, creative activities that stimulate our minds and allow us to unplug from the world.

 

We don’t require much to be happy

We’re pretty simple people. As long as we get some alone time throughout the week, stay in touch with our small circle, and get to take part in the activities we love, we’re good to go!

 

Our minds are colorful, imaginative, and sparkly!

We may seem like dull, boring people on the outside, but you should see what it’s like on the inside! I called this series “Inside My Sparkly Shell” for a reason; it’s pretty awesome inside our minds. We have vivid imaginations and lots of creativity to share with the world.

 

We have some pretty amazing fellow introverts to look up to

Albert Einstein. Eleanor Roosevelt. JK Rowling. Marissa Mayer. Abraham Lincoln. Emma Watson. Laura Bush. Audrey Hepburn. Bill Gates. I could go on!

It’s amazing to have these people to look up to, especially when we get down on ourselves. We are so often told that we have to change who we are, but when we see these successful people, how could we?! 

One thing I love about this list of people is that they never stopped being introverts throughout the entirety of their lives. We know them for being extremely intelligent, innovative, and introspective people, and that’s an awesome thing!

 

Can you think of other great things about being an introvert? Let me know in the comments!


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31 Comments

  • Reply Melveena R

    I absolutely love this article! I’m very much an extrovert and my husband is BANG ON what you described as an introvert. Well said! I do try to figure him out, he does impress me and I’m always surprised by him <3

    December 6, 2017 at 9:42 am
    • Reply nicoledarosa

      Aw that’s so sweet! Thank you for stopping by 🙂

      December 6, 2017 at 9:51 am
  • Reply Renee

    What a beautiful post! My oldest daughter is an introvert and I see all of these great qualities in her as well

    December 6, 2017 at 9:46 am
    • Reply nicoledarosa

      It’s an amazing thing! I’m so glad you loved the post 🙂

      December 6, 2017 at 9:51 am
  • Reply Falak

    Loved this post. And agree with pretty much everything, especially the bit about not getting in trouble for what we say. 😉

    December 6, 2017 at 10:39 am
    • Reply nicoledarosa

      haha it’s great, right?! Glad you liked it 🙂

      December 6, 2017 at 10:46 am
  • Reply Ivy

    This list made me so happy. Just what I needed this morning, thank you.

    December 6, 2017 at 10:51 am
    • Reply nicoledarosa

      That makes ME happy! haha I’m so glad you loved it

      December 6, 2017 at 2:28 pm
  • Reply Leslie-Peaches&Willow

    Oh my gosh! This is probably my favorite post i’ve read in a while. It’s so true. I’m such an introvert and all these things are so ME! I have so many hobbies it’s almost not funny. I don’t understand people who don’t have hobbies, honestly. And yes! When we speak people do listen. I’ll never forget when I was younger my grandma said, “Leslie sure doesn’t say much but when she does it’s pretty funny.” That was when I was a little girl and I didn’t understand being an introvert, now it’s the same expect I have more to say than just funny things. Haha!!

    December 6, 2017 at 10:53 am
    • Reply nicoledarosa

      haha that is too funny! I don’t understand how some people don’t have hobbies too – like what do they do in their free time?!

      December 6, 2017 at 2:27 pm
  • Reply Dara

    I totally agree with these, especially the one about people listening to you when you speak. I have had many times where people would hear me talk more than 2 sentences and they would just be shocked!

    December 6, 2017 at 11:10 am
    • Reply nicoledarosa

      haha isn’t it funny?! Sometimes it’s a little stressful because everybody gets so quiet so quick but it feels a bit powerful too 🙂

      December 6, 2017 at 2:26 pm
  • Reply summer

    this. this. this. All of THIS! So much truth – the first point is definitely one of my favorites of this list. I always think it’s funny that people are also fascinated by me. I’ve always been told that I’m “interesting”!

    December 6, 2017 at 12:05 pm
  • Reply Ciara

    Some very interesting points and very true. Nice to read others point of view

    December 6, 2017 at 9:15 pm
    • Reply nicoledarosa

      I’m glad you enjoyed it!

      December 7, 2017 at 9:51 am
  • Reply Belinda

    Ni Nicole! Thank you so much for posting this my fellow introvert! It’s funny, growing up I thought that there was something wrong me since we seem to live in a world full of extroverts. This should be thought in school!

    December 6, 2017 at 9:34 pm
    • Reply nicoledarosa

      Exactly! I wish more teachers understood that every kid is different. Just because we’re quiet doesn’t mean we’re bad students!

      December 7, 2017 at 9:50 am
  • Reply Gabby Stone

    Enjoying alone time is my favorite part as an introvert. I like that I am okay with myself enough to enjoy my own company. Thanks for sharing

    December 6, 2017 at 9:38 pm
    • Reply nicoledarosa

      Me too! I love just sitting in silence and working on the things I love 🙂

      December 7, 2017 at 9:49 am
  • Reply Dominee Wyrick

    Yaaaass! I feel like the thing I struggled with most was feeling like a terrible friend because it was always so hard for me to go to Pampered Chef parties or out to bars or parties. Being able to label myself an introvert helped me let go of so much guilt!

    December 7, 2017 at 2:18 am
    • Reply nicoledarosa

      I feel you on that! I’m much more confident in telling people about my introverted nature now that I’ve come to terms with it.

      December 7, 2017 at 9:49 am
  • Reply Anne | Like the morning sun

    Very true points. Almost never lonely, almost never bored, and vivid imagination (just let me be with my own thoughts and I’m fine) – yes, I can recognize myself in these things!

    December 7, 2017 at 4:01 am
    • Reply nicoledarosa

      It’s pretty awesome being an introvert, right?!

      December 7, 2017 at 9:48 am
  • Reply Nicola

    The introvert inside me loved this.

    December 7, 2017 at 10:20 am
    • Reply nicoledarosa

      haha I’m so happy they did! Introverts unite 🙂

      December 7, 2017 at 10:25 am
  • Reply Aleksadra

    You almost made me wish I was an introvert 🙂

    December 7, 2017 at 11:13 am
    • Reply nicoledarosa

      haha there are benefits to both sides!

      December 7, 2017 at 11:40 am
  • Reply Kate K

    It’s so weird to me that introversion is still seen as a negative thing despite all the successful people who are introverts! Your point about never being bored is so true – and it often leads to productive ideas that never would have come about otherwise.

    December 8, 2017 at 10:09 am
    • Reply nicoledarosa

      I totally agree! All of my best ideas come when I’m alone with my own thoughts.

      December 8, 2017 at 10:39 am
  • Reply Terrah

    I really like this post. I consider myself to be an introvert/extrovert. Only, because I am an introvert, but once I get to know you I am an extrovert

    December 8, 2017 at 10:15 am
    • Reply nicoledarosa

      A lot of people are like that! They take some time to warm up to people. I’m glad you liked the post 🙂

      December 8, 2017 at 10:38 am

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