Oh no! I can't believe I finished reading this thread. I've been reading a post or two (or ten) whenever I have time to sit at the computer. It's been my "treat" for myself for a couple of months... and now there is nothing left but for me to add my own post, lol.
When I found this thread I didn't even really know what it meant to be an introvert. I had this vague notion of hermits and unabombers.
The more I read the more I could see myself. Eventually I took a couple of the online tests and found that I am 100% Introvert! All these strange habits of mine are actually just part of being an introvert. It's ok that I prefer books to crowds!
When I read the first post that mentioned hating the phone, I almost cried. And then one after another of you agreed that the phone is an evil necessity. I couldn't believe it! I have always hated talking on the phone. My hubby is the only other person I know who hates the phone as much as I do. (even more so, actually) No one else has ever understood why I have such a hard time making phone calls.
I grew up in a family of six. We lived in a two bedroom house, so I quickly learned how to create a bubble for myself. I can completely tune out my surroundings and focus on a book or the tv or whatever I happen to be doing. This ability earned me the label of "spacey" because someone could call my name several times without me hearing them.
I'm not spacey, I just had to learn how to ignore everything around me in order to keep my sanity!
I am very fortunate in that my husband is also an introvert. I
have to talk him
into doing social activities, lol. Now we have a daughter. She is 19 months and I feel like I need to find her some kids her own age to play with, but we don't know anyone in our area. It's very rural and the only playgroups/toddler socializing in the area is with the local church group. This is out of the question for reasons I won't get into here. So I have been trying to meet some mom's in the area. I've actually talked to a couple and gotten their numbers, (hubby teased me about "picking up" women at the grocery store, lol) but I haven't worked up the nerve to call them yet. *sigh*
Our current dream is to buy a sail boat and live aboard full time. Introvert paradise! We plan to homeschool DD and travel where ever our hearts take us. My hubby is a disabled vet, we live on his disability income, so there isn't anything holding us in one place. I think the biggest draw to that lifestyle for DH is the fact that we wouldn't have to spend so much time visiting relatives.
Speaking of visiting relatives... we have a week long trip planned for the beginning of next month to go visit a bunch of extrovert relatives. These trips leave us both exhausted for a week or two after we get home. I'm always torn because I love to see my family, but I hate going too. The whole family feels like we all have to be doing something every minute of every day. If either of us spends any time alone, everyone asks the other "what's wrong?" At least now we have our DD as a distraction for them.
So far she loves the attention.
I am really hoping she becomes as introverted as her parents. I'll figure out a way to keep her social if she turns out extroverted... but it will be much easier if she's an introvert.
I don't want this to get any longer, so I'll end this here. Thank you all so much for helping me see that I'm not a freak and that it's ok to be me!!