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Social Introverts Message Board › It's About You

It's About You

user 11404010
Des Moines, IA
Post #: 26
Welcome, all of you, and thank you for joining this fledgling effort to get people like us safely and comfortably out of the house. There are 15 of us now, which is a nice start, and hopefully more will be drawn in as future meetups are scheduled.

Now that there are a number of us together, I think it's a good time to solicit your input. I'm eager to hear what you all would like to get out of a group like this. So please share not only suggestions for specific meetups, but general examples of the kinds of things you enjoy doing and would like to share with like-minded people. This can be anything from concerts and festivals, to hanging out in coffeehouses, to your personal hobbies and pastimes.

I didn't create this group just to get people to join me in doing the things that I want to do. For me, I hope this will be an opportunity to meet new people and experience new things. But more important than what I want for me is what I want for you and others like you.

As I said in the introduction, I only recently discovered that introversion is a perfectly normal way of being for many of us. One third to one half of people in our society are introverts. You'd never guess that. So many of us try to pass as extraverts, because society treats our disposition like a mental illness, and us like broken people. I smile a lot to myself lately, when I remember that I don't have to admonish myself for my love of quiet and my need to recharge in solitude. I strongly suspect that my social anxiety is the result of being taught my whole life that those things are lamentable flaws, that I am peculiar; that I'm damaged, though I have forgotten how the fracture occurred. I think now that I am not damaged at all, but too accustomed to the nonacceptance of my brand of normalcy.

If you didn't know that you're OK, it's not your fault. Society in general is oblivious to the fact. It can be a fantastic relief when you discover it for the first time, a rebirth of sorts. And if there are more people out there like me, who have yet to learn that there is nothing wrong with who they are, I want nothing more than to share that revelation with them.

Please share your ideas.
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