Also, my 29th birthday was this past Saturday, June 6th, and suffice it to say I had a very busy weekend! I am finally back into my groove, for the most part.
For today's post, I'm going to share something I kind of just realized today after doing a quiz on mindbodygreen. I have always thought of myself as quite extroverted, someone who loves to be around people (gregarious! yes! I can finally use the word in a sentence!) and go out. However, according to that little quiz, I am like a super introvert. And it makes sense; I prefer to hang out with an intimate group or one-on-one. I also love being alone; ok, not all of the time, but a lot of the time. I find I am my happiest when I am doing what I enjoy on my own terms, versus worrying about someone else's opinion, or how they may be feeling, or what they want to be doing instead. And it's not in a selfish way, I just tend to get caught up worrying about pleasing the people around me.
I find that I am my true self when I've had some time to be alone and think, meditate, do some yoga or a great workout. It's as if I connect with myself on a different level alone than when I am myself with other people. I remember when I was in college, I went through some rough patches. Once I transferred schools, I lived with my best friend (of over 2 decades!!) and started to heal and mature. We would do yoga a few times a week, workout together, but also I got to have a lot of me time and alone time. I think I certainly isolated more than I should have (probably because I was homesick and missing my now-husband) but I remember never feeling more like me. It's when I actually stopped caring about other people's opinions of me and instead turned inward to find out what I like and who I am. I also read "Eat, Pray, Love" during this time...go figure. Bottom line, it comes back to this idea of balance - yes, I can spend time alone and enjoy my company, but I also don't want it to verge on isolation.
Anyway, I don't think being an introvert is bad at all. In fact, it's pretty cool. It just further emphasizes what a deep thinker I am. I think being an extrovert is great too, with all that confidence and pizazz! Have you taken the quiz? Did your answer align with how you see yourself? Don't take it too seriously!