Hey, I put some
new old shoes on and suddenly everything’s right.
I apologize if the Paolo Nutini song is now stuck in your head. Or should I say, you’re welcome?
Today’s #FebPhotoADay is “your shoes.” Even though it’s not Chuck Taylor Tuesday (a series from Heather, who just announced she’s having a boy and a girl – congrats!), I wear these navy blue Converse on every day possible. I’ve had the same pair since high school and they are still going strong.
But as much as I love them, the focus of this post is on something much different. Earlier this week, I wrote a post for Pursuing Our Passion titled, “This Post Is For My Fellow Introverts.” I’ve really enjoyed the conversation that followed and thought I’d share an excerpt with you here, in hopes that it will spark further discussion.
Never in a million years was I prepared for what came next. 213 likes. 16 comments. And the big one for me: 503 repins. Five hundred and three people resonated with a single image enough to share it – and one that did not have to do with the stereotypical pins of food, fashion and inspirational quotes. It was by far my most popular pin to date. Yet though the numbers are what originally caught my attention, it was the commentary that inspired me to write this post.
“Hear hear.” “SO true!” “Yes!!!” “I’m an introvert and I agree with every one of these.” “Love it!” “This is good advice.” “Thank you.” “Wonderful. So well said. So me!!” “I need to write this on my forehead.” “Ohhhh dear…this is so me…”
And it’s so ME, too. Which is why I think it is more important than ever to say that introverts are an incredibly vital part of society in a society that places a high value on extroversion – and they are successful entrepreneurs, too.
Susan Cain recently published a book called “Quiet: The Power of Introverts.” In it, she discusses a lot of the issues that introverts face in an extroverted society. She also recently did an interview with Scientific American that is worth reading from start to finish.
Here is one of my favorite quotes from the article:
“Many introverts feel there’s something wrong with them, and try to pass as extroverts. But whenever you try to pass as something you’re not, you lose a part of yourself along the way.”
This post is for my fellow introverts. It’s my plea to you: don’t try to pass for someone you’re not. Embrace who you are and use that knowledge to find a job, a friend, a significant other, etc. that builds you up, rather than tears you down.
I went on to share more about my personal history as someone who was always called “quiet” as though it were a bad thing. If you’re interested, I would love for you to read the full post and share your thoughts, whether on my other blog or in the comments below.
Does the list above resonate with you? Would you consider yourself an introvert?
At the risk of sounding hypocritical, I encourage you to speak up. I’d love to hear from you.