Life has been a bit overwhelming lately. Although getting more quiet time definitely helps. To lighten things up, I’d like to share 6 introvert pet peeves I’ve experienced in the past couple of weeks.
1. Unexpected phone calls.
These are the worst. The ringing breaks my focus and leaves me dazed. I’ll stare blankly at the bright screen and ponder whether I should answer. If it’s close family, I usually will. But I’ll let most calls to go voicemail. Then I can return the call when I’m mentally prepared.
2. Being volunteered to do things.
Don’t get me wrong, I love helping others. But just because I volunteered a few months ago doesn’t mean I’m automatically up for doing it again. Do me the courtesy of asking and don’t be offended if I say no. I also refuse to stay longer than I’ve originally stated (unless you’re very special to me).
3. When your quiet coffee date becomes a group outing.
I love people. Mostly in small doses and one-on-one. When it turns into a large, boisterous, group outing, interesting conversation tends to die out and it becomes a free for all.
4. Small talk with the cashier after a rough day.
I try my best to be courteous and friendly. But if I’m burned out, my conversation skills disappear and I’m likely to make a fool of myself. Self checkouts become my best friend.
5. When people crowd me.
I can’t stand it when people stand super close. This happens at grocery stores, in lines at the bank, at malls, etc. Please stop. It’s creepy and awkward.
6. Repeating yourself because the other person wasn’t paying attention.
Your lack of attention does not necessitate me repeating myself. Please at least pretend that you find what I say interesting. That’s what I’m doing for you 😉
Hope you have a great week! What are some of your pet peeves?