Who am I?

woman-3094278_1920.jpgI’ve always been quiet. But it wasn’t until I started school that I discovered most people didn’t see this as a good thing. I was told, “she needs to speak up more, she’s too quiet” more times than I can count. Apparently my high marks and large circle of friends wasn’t proof enough of my worth. So imagine my absolute delight and relief when I read over the INFJ description after taking the Meyers-Briggs test.

I devoured everything I could find on the subject. I read Quiet by Susan Cain and several others. These all shaped my growing perception of what introversion is. I wasn’t broken or deficient. I process things differently. Yes, I’m easily overwhelmed and burn out quickly. But I can connect and empathize with others on a deeper level. Yes, I’ll never have the energy of an extrovert. But I notice and appreciate beautiful things that most walk right by. This is a gift. And as I’ve embraced my introversion, I’ve become more confident.

But while I still label myself as an introvert, I’m not defined by it. It’s one small part of who I am. I’m wonderfully tall with a dry, sarcastic sense of humour. I love to laugh and share silly videos with my family. I love strength training and ballroom dance. I read and cook and sew and run. I’m a friend, confidante, and coworker. I’m creative and loving and forgiving. I’m still learning to create and enforce boundaries. I’m taking more of the time I need to recharge.

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12 thoughts on “Who am I?

  1. Britta says:

    I’m going through a period of change right now, and I have been feeling really vulnerable in the last few days (I’m moving on May 1 and don’t know where yet!! Trying to stay calm while I internally adjust to the change preparing to move brings while also searching for potential new homes!). When I feel vulnerable, I tend to become WAY more self-conscious of my quiet nature–and I’ve been particularly feeling that while subbing this week. Unfortunately, “introvert” and “teacher” are oxymoron’s to a lot of people.

    This post comes at a good time for me, Ally, as I remind myself that I am much stronger than I think–and that my quiet, sensitive nature is one of my greatest strengths. You’re absolutely right–label us as “quiet,” and you’re only getting a small part of the story.

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    • Ally says:

      I’m glad it was helpful.I hope your move goes as smoothly as possible so you can get back to normal. It definitely makes you feel out of sorts and more vulnerable when going through big life changes. Thank you for sharing 🙂

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  2. awkward brown guy says:

    “I devoured everything I could find on the subject. I read Quiet by Susan Cain and several others.” – omg, this is what I did! Myers-Briggs devour-ment, plus Quiet and other introvert books/blogs. IntrovertSpring was one of my favourites. Last week, I did a couple of tests on the Pottermore.com website, which were fun 🙂

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