Helen (heleninwales) wrote,

Being an introvert can sometimes be an advantage

Over on Facebook, and acquaintance is asking, "What things do you enjoy doing with your friends, or in groups, socially? How have you been doing those things online?"

Well, the pandemic has made me realise just how far on the introvert spectrum my husband and I are. When I was working, I had no social life at all because teaching adults all day left me completely peopled-out. Yet if I have no contact with others, I can slip into depression so since retiring, I made sure to include some activities involving others. When lockdown happened I organised a Skype group to replace the informal Welsh conversation group that normally meets in a local cafe and I host the local Quaker meeting on Zoom. The Welsh class has restarted and is using MS Teams. This, and of course living with G plus a few phone calls, gives me all the social contact I need.

I do feel sorry for the extroverts who must be having a really difficult time at the moment, but then again, what we think of as "normal" life tends to favour extroverts. After a lifetime of pressure to attend social events and being considered odd when I decline or slip away early, it's nice just to be able to do the small amount of socialising I feel comfortable with.

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