I know sometimes being an introvert can be pretty hard. We often have to face criticism, bullying, and rudeness about our introverted nature, which can put a negative tone on 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!
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 people will listen when we speak! They are usually pretty interested in what they’ll hear coming from the “mysterious, quiet one.” So take 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 words 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 at times. 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 from coming our way 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 simply the person who’s willing to listen.
We are almost never lonely
It is said that introverts enjoy being alone, but are seldom lonely. Our along time is very important to us, 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 with our downtime. Also, our hobbies are usually solo, creative activities that stimulate our minds and allow us to unplug from the digital 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.
If you enjoyed this article about being an introvert, then you’ll love the rest of the Inside My Sparkly Shell series! It covers everything from starting your career, excelling in the classroom, tips for dating, and more!
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