10 Reasons Why Introverts Are Awesome

10 Reasons Why Introverts Are Awesome

Because silence has its perks.
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Growing up as an introvert was difficult, it became very tiring trying to explain to people that I was not talking not because I was shy or afraid, but simply because I did not want to. I was never fearful or anxious of unknown surroundings, I just took time to analyze things. With time, my love-hate relationship with being introverted changed as I knew I had to discover more about myself and use my strength to its best advantage. And the discovery was that introverts are awesome.

Here are 10 reasons why.

1. They are great with intimate communication

Introverts are very deep people and enjoy deep interactions with a smaller crowd. If an introvert is interested in you, you will get to see the very core of their soul.

2. They are sensitive and thoughtful

If you know anyone who is an introvert, you will know that they think a lot before they speak. Introverts tend to analyze the situation in which they are talking and think of how other people might feel or respond to their remark. They are very empathetic and are sensitive to other people's emotions.

3. They will to listen to you

Introverts listen more than they speak, and in doing so, they not only hear you, but take in every bit of information you tell them. Introverts are also considerate of other people's vulnerabilities and would never put you in any situation they would not want to be in, which makes them great confidants.

4. They love deep conversations that last for hours

Introverts detest small talk. Instead, they prefer long conversations about values and the world which enable them to create deep connections.

5. They make genuine compliments

Introverts are less impulsive and tend to think things through before saying them, especially when it comes to giving out compliments. Their compliments go deeper than saying that they like your shoes — they make sincere compliments after careful consideration.

6. They are comfortable with being completely alone

In contrast to normal human behavior, introverts like being alone, and need solitude to recharge themselves. Be it spending a weekend in, or taking time off from family and friends, introverts use this time to relax and unwind.

7. They can't fake anything

Befriending an introvert will mean that you will always get real and unbiased opinions and responses. Introverts like being low key and real, they are not trying to sell themselves or be on someone's good books, hence everything that they do or sat is authentic and comes from their jurisdiction and is not diplomatic.

8. They have multiple layers to their personality

Introverts are very mysterious — they take time to open up to people and in doing that, they unearth facets of their personalities that are seldom known to people. Introverts use secrecy to hide their vulnerabilities, and like to keep it that way, keeping the air of mystery throughout.

9. They are extremely observant of their surroundings

This trait makes introverts great judges of character. Introverts do not tend to respond unless they are completely aware of their surroundings, be it in having a dinner conversation or talking to people in parties. They observe people, their behaviors and responses before taking the next step.

10. They are very creative and never get bored

Introverts find great pleasure in learning more and increasing the depth of their knowledge. They like being left alone to channel all their energy into whatever they are doing, and can go for hours with unflinching attention. Introverts spend time crafting their skills and trying to learn new ones.

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I'm The Girl Who'd Rather Raise A Family Than A Feminist Protest Sign

You raise your protest picket signs and I’ll raise my white picket fence.
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Social Media feeds are constantly filled with quotes on women's rights, protests with mobs of women, and an array of cleverly worded picket signs.

Good for them, standing up for their beliefs and opinions. Will I be joining my tight-knit family of the same gender?

Nope, no thank you.

Don't get me wrong, I am not going to be oblivious to my history and the advancements that women have fought to achieve. I am aware that the strides made by many women before me have provided us with voting rights, a voice, equality, and equal pay in the workforce.

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For that, I am deeply thankful. But at this day in age, I know more female managers in the workforce than male. I know more women in business than men. I know more female students in STEM programs than male students. So what’s with all the hype? We are girl bosses, we can run the world, we don’t need to fight the system anymore.

Please stop.

Because it is insulting to the rest of us girls who are okay with being homemakers, wives, or stay-at-home moms. It's dividing our sisterhood, and it needs to stop.

All these protests and strong statements make us feel like now we HAVE to obtain a power position in our career. It's our rightful duty to our sisters. And if we do not, we are a disappointment to the gender and it makes us look weak.

Weak to the point where I feel ashamed to say to a friend “I want to be a stay at home mom someday.” Then have them look at me like I must have been brain-washed by a man because that can be the only explanation. I'm tired of feeling belittled for being a traditionalist.

Why?

Because why should I feel bad for wanting to create a comfortable home for my future family, cooking for my husband, being a soccer mom, keeping my house tidy? Because honestly, I cannot wait.

I will have no problem taking my future husband’s last name, and following his lead.

The Bible appoints men to be the head of a family, and for wives to submit to their husbands. (This can be interpreted in so many ways, so don't get your panties in a bunch at the word “submit”). God specifically made women to be gentle and caring, and we should not be afraid to embrace that. God created men to be leaders with the strength to carry the weight of a family.

However, in no way does this mean that the roles cannot be flipped. If you want to take on the responsibility, by all means, you go girl. But for me personally? I'm sensitive, I cry during horror movies, I'm afraid of basements and dark rooms. I, in no way, am strong enough to take on the tasks that men have been appointed to. And I'm okay with that.

So please, let me look forward to baking cookies for bake sales and driving a mom car.

And I'll support you in your endeavors and climb to the top of the corporate ladder. It doesn't matter what side you are on as long as we support each other, because we all need some girl power.

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The Revival Of The Coal Industry Is Unattainable

Clean beautiful coal will never be a reality. President Trump's backing of a declining industry is misguided and will have despairing environmental impacts.

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The coal industry and its workers were placed at the forefront of American politics during the 2016 election cycle. President Trump promised a revival of the coal industry and promised to secure the jobs of coal country. The President, halfway through his first term, has so far taken measures to do just that. Trump withdrew from the Paris Climate Agreement, threw out Obama's Clean Power Plan, and did away with an Obama-era regulation that would prevent coal ash from entering streams and other bodies of water.

On one hand, it's quite extraordinary for a politician to do good on his campaign promises. On the other hand, is anyone considering whether or not the President is putting all his eggs into the wrong basket? Coal has been on the decline for about a decade now. Even without environmental regulations, the energy produced by coal is expected to reduce by 20% by 2030. Renewable energy such as wind and solar are replacing coal.


For an election campaign, it's easy to see why a candidate would align with coal. States like West Virginia and Pennsylvania are key when running a national campaign. The votes are there in those counties that support the coal industry. They will vote for any candidate who sides with their industry. But from an environmental standpoint, there's more on the line than just an election. It's about our clean air and water. Climate change is real and the effects of coal will only accelerate the process.

Coal ash that finds its way into water streams can damage that water supply for good. It could also impact the wildlife within the area. Coal also pollutes the air we breathe. Clean coal is a myth. Plain and simple. Coal is anything but clean. Clean coal sounds good in a stump speech, but we all know it's a fallacy.

Mountaintop mining also has a deep environmental impact. The Appalachian mountains have been destroyed from surface mining. West Virginia residents hold their beautiful mountains in high regard. Now, some of them look very different and the destruction is permanent. If the mining continues, the mountains of the Appalachia region will be gone. It would be a shame if you went to West Virginia to admire their mountains, and none were left.

In 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt passed the American Antiquities Act of 1906. Roosevelt protected 230 million acres of land during his presidency. Roosevelt understood the importance of conservation and preserving our nation's natural beauty. The same natural beauty that God envisioned. We should not take that for granted. We should restore our mountains, forests, and lakes so that our children's children can reside in the richness of our natural environment.

President Roosevelt also ended the coal strike in 1902. The United States was much more dependent on coal in the 20th century than it is now. Roosevelt knew the coal strike had to be resolved because the cold winter would have been fatal. The change of the Republican party over a century later is quite intriguing to ponder. The party went from a strong conservationist in Roosevelt to Trump, who is willing to move mountains for a dying industry.

All of these facts surrounding the coal debate cannot be ignored. The rest of the western world will move on to new forms of renewable energy. While the United States will be stuck in neutral, reviving coal. Renewable energy should be strongly considered if we are to protect our water, air, and lands.

Disclaimer: I understand the risks coal miners make when they show up for work. I know that safety regulations are not always up to par and that coal mining is a very dangerous profession. I also understand the viewpoint of coal miners and their reasoning for disagreeing with me. I know they want to work and provide for their families. That's what we all want to do. As I write this, I wish not to offend coal miners, I only aim to critique the President and his policies about the coal industry.

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