Some excerpts from the Matt Walsh blog “to the quiet boring girl in class”,(recommended by my good friend Nichole Criss, …thanks Nichole)

Shyness and introversion aren’t a packaged deal.

Being shy means you have social anxiety.

Being introverted means you are energized by being alone, or in small groups, where you can hear those wonderful thoughts spinning around in your head.

You prefer intimate and meaningful communication over small talk. You’re more likely to have a limited collection of loyal friends than a large gaggle of friendly acquaintances.

Sound familiar?

That’s all it means to be an introvert.

Introversion is not to be overcome. Please don’t try. I beg you. Don’t try. I mean, where would we be if societies in the past had employed our modern strategy of treating introversion as a character defect?

I can tell you we might not have been blessed with the historical contributions of noted introverts like Einstein, Newton, Yeats, Proust, Shakespeare, Orwell, Edison, Plato, Mother Teresa, and Ghandi. In fact, many (if not most) of humanity’s greatest inventors, engineers, creators, thinkers, writers, artists and revolutionaries were and are introverts.

It isn’t a disease or a weakness. It’s a strength. Seriously, a strength. Your mind works differently, you see the world differently, you interact differently, and that is a magnificent thing. Your differences make you indispensable.

Let them call you quiet. Pretty soon, you’ll be climbing mountains and they’ll still be down at the base, talking about the weather.

I have come to accept I am an introvert. Thanks for reading today.