We dealt with racial discrimination, we dealt with gender discrimination and we just dealt with sexual orientation discrimination. I think its about time we deal with introversion discrimination.
Discrimination, for me, means forcing an opinion to be the collective truth. And today we are living in an extrovert world. Being extrovert is viewed as the ideal personality. Which is sad considering we are born with our personality, something like race and gender.
Susan Cain’s book “Quiet” has been an empowering book in my life. Like her, I too felt bad for being me, which was confusing and sometimes frustrating. I’m not exactly shy, sometimes quite the opposite. But I felt I was forcing myself to be someone I’m not comfortable with because the one I’m comfortable with is wrong and inferior. In the book she explains that no one is exactly or fully extroverts or introverts. We have some traits of the two, but we fall more in one category. Like for me, public speaking is no problem, I enjoy talking to a crowd of strangers or in group dynamics, but meeting new people is harder for me and at the end of the day I need my space to think and unwind.
Being an introvert doesn’t mean being shy, one can be a shy extrovert. It has to do with stimulation, as explained in the book. Extroverts crave stimulation like talking and action, while introverts are more alive in lesser stimulation like listening and thinking.
Knowing who I am was one of the turning points of my life. Knowing who I am and what I’m capable of made me happier. Now I let my friends introduce me to meet new people, that assurance knowing that a close friend is nearby helps completely. I could imaging having close friends and families in the audience could do the same for public speaking. The phrase “nobody is an island” has a new meaning for me.
I’m proud to live in the country called earth. I’m proud to have the gender called love. I’m proud that our beautiful world is becoming more beautiful. And don’t let anyone tell you it isn’t that’s just the news talking. I don’t know how to solve this challenge but I believe talking about it is one of the first steps.
Thank you so much for reading and lets have great day.