a lot of my friends are introverts, and they remain my friends by not talking about it all the fucking time like it somehow gives them elevated status in a world full of idiots.
ah, you are less inclined towards socialization than average. congratulations.
To clarify, because…
I’m going to talk about it a little but hopefully not in a holier than though way ;-)
Living in a world which rewards those who are outgoing and friendly, I suppose it’s not surprising that introverts have made their own niche and elevated status.
However, the introvert/extrovert distinction is not a set personality type. It’s more of a scale, on which people change during their lives. At its simplest, the distinction of extrovert/ introvert means: How they fill that time is entirely up to the individual. Let’s use this example: Outie has a long, tiring day at work. He chooses to go out for drinks with friends to re-energize, while Innie has the same long day, but choose to go home and read - typical view of the two personalities. But hey look - the next day Outie goes out again but this time to a museum with a friend or a class to discuss classic literature. Innie goes home to watch reality shows. Maybe a silly example, but my point is both outies and innies fill their time with worthwhile (intellectual, creative etc.) activities as well as ones less so to kick back and relax.
Also, this whole thing that introverts make up a small % of the population is bollocks. (We’re not special). We’re split more or less evenly. There are most certainly extroverts who have social anxiety, and there are introverts who are very social at work and have many friends (but need to carve out alone time), and you can’t tell which is which based on the way someone “socializes.” In this world where we’re constantly connected, it’s even harder to tell. A person who never goes out but is constantly online communicating with people - is that an introvert or an extrovert with social anxiety?
This year my being has been very aware of the seasons and as I get older I am increasingly affected by them.The Winter was one of work and planning and the Spring was full of hope for what would come. In the Summer and early Autumn I was content and enjoying the earth’s bounty, all the while being energized to work on personal projects and being active. The bleakness of late Autumn came swiftly and brought along melancholy and reflection. Winter has also come early to Southern Ontario and I found myself grinding to halt.