Monday, September 26, 2016

On being an introvert

Having had more time "out in the world" lately I've been treasuring the days when I don't have to interact with people, particularly people I don't know. I've always considered myself an introvert. I  enjoy social interaction but definitely need solitary time to refuel. Solitude includes the animals on November Hill. Their interactions with me seem to always refuel instead of drain.

But when it comes to people I don't know, to make matters worse, I seem to be a magnet for folks wanting to talk, or sit near, a maternal soul. So when I'm out and about I can choose a spot that's totally empty of humans and before long I'll be surrounded.

I've seen this image before and am totally drawn to the sweater. If it weren't for the hot flashes I would wear it! At least the top half.

Upon close inspection I wonder if this is actually a huge sized-sweater and the hand is coming through the neck, the legs are in one arm, and the head in the other. If so, I love the repurposing going on here.


Grey Horse Matters said...

Love the sweater picture! I like my solitude too. Some people can't understand that sometimes you just want to be alone. I'm also like you, no matter where I go I attract someone who needs to tell me their life story and their kids life story and their grandkids life story... I just can't seem to avoid them and I've tried not making eye contact, keeping my head down everything I can think of but they always find me. I don't want to be rude so I wind up listening.

billie said...

Me too! Some wise woman told me many years ago that the only way I would be able to stop everyone telling me their life stories was to become a therapist and make listening a career. I did that but they still come up to me and tell me stories anyway! :)

Over time I have learned how to put up a "distant" vibe that works if I remember to do it. It's hard to explain but it's a mental attitude thing combined with a "wall" of energy that seems to stop people I've never seen before approaching. Generally I don't mind listening but at some point it becomes really time/energy-consuming and of course I end up needing one of these sweaters! LOL.