As I attempt to enter the world of NewsVine allow me to introduce myself.
Years ago, I was forced to prove to someone close to me that there really is nothing wrong with me. I am NOT anti-social, I am NOT shy. My poor husband just couldn’t understand why I prefer to be at home, “alone” (ugh), rather than out and about with other people.
“How come you never meet the “girls” for coffee? How come you never go do anything? “How come…” (she shakes her head woefully)
No matter what I said, I couldn’t get him to understand ME.
Allow me to share my thoughts.
This happy introvert debated which way to spell my user name on NV and there were a few options.
Happy-trovINert was my first thought (from an old scramble puzzle) but that sort of made too much sense. So I decided to just flip the word--turn it inwards---introspect it,
HapInTrevort “Ta-Da” see, it’s not that I don’t know how to spell, there was a reason behind it. Or, should I say around it? Anyway.
We are not lonely, we just enjoy peace and quiet
We actually prefer spending our time doing quieter things in life where we can think about things that are important to us, working on projects we enjoy, and contrary to popular belief, we really DO like other people, we just don’t like too many around us for long periods of time. Crowds wear us down. People tire our minds.
We are not depressed we are introspective
We don’t like small talk and we avoid conversations that don’t matter to us or make sense to our way of thinking. Idle gossip is a waste of our time. Worrying about what someone else wears, say’s or does, prevents us from focusing on what is important to us at that time.
We believe books serve a real purpose
We use books for learning, having inexpensive adventures and for meeting people of interest. They are not meant to just sit on a shelf and collect dust. The good ones we enjoy should be passed on for others to read.
We view the phone as a necessary nuisance
We think the telephone is a noisy interruption to our thoughts and not a requirement for total existence . (One might need one for work or emergencies but believe me, you will not die if it goes out temporarily)
With the push of a button I can easily turn off the world around me and get on with what I want to do. And guess what? I DON’T care that you can’t reach me. Just leave me a voicemail and I promise I will get back to you later, at some point in time, well, whenever…
I actually had a voicemail not long ago that said, “Thank-you for calling. I am either at work, asleep or out playing in my garden. Leave me a message and I will get back to you whenever…”
So, as my newness germinates here in the greenhouse and I reluctantly await for the vine to think I am grown enough to join in all the fun, I will use my own words and use this time as a learning and growing process.