Every introvert as at least one extroverted person in their lives that they love to death, but can't understand. So to make it a little easier for us to communicate our feelings, here's an open letter to the extroverts from the introverts.
"To my favorite extrovert,
I love you.
I love your energy and your spirit and being your best friend. And just because I also love long naps and having time to myself doesn't mean I love you any less.
I love you, but I need you to understand that being around lots of people for a long time makes me feel like I ran a mental marathon...like I took the SATs every day for a week and I'm so exhausted I could sleep forever.
I love you, and all I ask is that you respect my need to be alone as I respect your need for socialization. I don't want to make it seem like I don't want to spend time with you; and if I'm honest, I spend most of my time neglecting my own need for space and quiet to ensure that you don't feel that way. I do want to be around you. I care about you so much, and I know that we just have different needs. You know how you feel when you've been alone or doing nothing for a long time? How anxious and jittery it makes you? I feel the same way, except in the exact opposite context. I know it's difficult to wrap your mind around how someone can not enjoy socializing - trust me - I felt the same way when I realized there were people in this world who actually enjoyed it.
I love you.
I love you, you beautiful extrovert. I love your free spirit and your active mind and your love for human interaction. I acknowledge that you have these needs, and I have others. I respect your taste for adventure and communication. I adore you for you who are, and I wouldn't change you for anything in the world. Even if I could make you an introvert like me or make myself and extrovert, I wouldn't do it. Then we wouldn't be us anymore. Our friendship is the way it is because of who we are.
We just need to find a way that works for us. And it doesn't matter how hard it will be - I know we can put forth the effort. We matter to each other, and that's what matters.
I love you, I am grateful for you, and you are my best friend just the way you are.