A day in the life of an Introvert – is this you?
The alarm goes off and I hit the snooze button. No once, not twice, but at least half a dozen times. Do I really have to get up and face the day? I step out of bed and greet the dog. I love my dog. So much unconditional love and affection without having to actually interact and have a conversation!
First hurdle of the day, what to wear, I study my closet. What will my colleagues be wearing? Is that too smart or too casual? Will that sweater make me look old? Will people think I am frumpy in that dress? Oh the decision to be made.
Finally dressed, it’s time to take the dog for a walk. Headphones on, music on, sunglasses on. I am ready. I enjoy this time in my own little world, in the early morning quiet, breathing in the fresh air. Oh shoot, there is someone coming towards me with another dog. Should I cross the road, or can I put my head down and walk past. No, of course not. I take one headphone out and politely say good morning and let the dogs lick each others bums. A little perturbed that I am missing one of my favourite songs!
I get to my office and I am the first one in. I have worked there a while and get on well with my colleagues and enjoy the small talk with them. I sit at my desk and see the voicemail button lit up. Stomach flutters. Who might that be? What if its bad news? What if I need to call them back! I put off listening to it and open my emails instead. A flood of relief fills me when there is nothing major there that I need to deal with. I go about my work answering emails, creating reports, all the while seeing the voicemail button lit up in the corner of my eye. I build myself up to check the message. It’s a wrong number. I guess I overthought that!
Carry on working happily. Phone rings interrupting me. I study the caller ID to see if I recognize the name. Outside caller – shoot! Take a deep breath and answer it. Have really pleasant conversation with a client, why was I afraid to answer it?
Whilst others crowd into the very tiny lunch room, I choose to wait and go to lunch later. It’s not that I don’t want to sit with them, but I am now craving some “me time”. I don’t live close enough to work to go home, so I get in the car and drive to a little park close by where I can sit quietly and read or listen to music. Heaven!
Finally time to go home
End of the day arrives and I go home. There is mail. Tentatively I open the mailbox feeling uneasy as to what might be inside. What if it s a court summons, a bill I forgot to pay, a parking ticket or an invitation! Inside the house I open the mail as quickly as possible to find it is usual junk mail and bank statements. Changing into “slouch clothes” I sit down with a cup of tea and cuddle the dog – bliss!
Have a look at Facebook. Oh look, new friend request. I don’t know them, why do they want to friend me? How did they find me? Should I accept or decline. Ignore it for now. Keep scrolling.
Time to make dinner and spend time with the family. Husband takes a call, hangs up and says. Get ready we are going for a drink. What??!!! I am not prepared for this, I need notice. Who with, where, how long will we be?
Take dog for anther walk so I can psych myself up to go out all the time cursing that plans were made without consulting me and I’d rather stay home.
We go out and have a really nice time. Only looked at the time twice, which is very good for me. Still, very relieved when we get home and I can climb into bed and shut myself off for a little bit to recharge. Until the alarm clock goes off again.
Till next time JJ