I had the day off yesterday so I decided to check out the week-long festival currently going on in the city. There was so much to see: displays, rides, art, vendors, and food stalls filled every corner.
There are several survival tips I use in situations like these. To reduce the stimulus and keep myself from getting too overwhelmed. I walked along the sides of the street, avoiding the giant mass of people in the middle. I took a lot of breaks and would sit down whenever I started to feel frazzled. I brought my own water and snacks. Its less expensive and more healthy than purchasing something from a vendor. I’m also gluten free, so most of the food there is off-limits anyway. If I purchase anything, its usually coffee or tea 🙂 I also took a lot of pictures, its a great way to separate myself from the crowd while still enjoying the experience. I have a lot of pictures I’d like to share on here in a future post. I wandered around slowly, just taking everything in. My favourite area was the paintings and sculpture, I could spend hours there.
When I’m with my friends, I’m loud and excitable and silly. I enjoy the fun times and good memories we make. When I’m on my own, I like to take things slowly. I’m more sedate and like to think about things. To analyze, to look, to listen.
Being a quiet person in a loud world can be overwhelming. But I always remind myself that 50% of people are introverts. That means that half the people I saw that day were the same as me! Since becoming aware of my introversion, I’ve started seeing other introverts in the crowd. They’re the ones on the outskirts of conversations. They’re the ones fixated on a beautiful work of art, oblivious to the chaos around them. They might be walking around with a glazed expression, yearning to be home again. Or they could even be the ones running around excitedly, full of energy for a little bit, then needing to take a break.
What are some of your experiences?