Whenever the question, "Are you an introvert or an extrovert?" is tossed around, anyone who remotely knew me would consider me an extrovert without hesitation. However, to me, I find this question a little trickier to answer.
Sure, I love being around and meeting new people. I find it pretty easy to start conversation and would overall consider myself a pretty social person. While these are all considered extroverted traits, I find that I don't think I fit the definition of a traditional extrovert. In fact, I think I have more introverted tendencies.
However, I am anything but shy. I don't get my energy from people; in fact, being around people all day exhausts me. I need my alone time, I cherish it. I'm not trying to be rude, but sometimes I just my own space. To be honest, I'm my favorite person to hang out with. It's kind of a 180 switch from being the person that's always talking, but running your mouth all day can take a toll on you. My friends like to joke with me that I have a split personality.
Is it considered being antisocial if sometimes all I wanna do is curl up and binge my new favorite show? I don't really like to talk about myself and personal issues, I find it really hard to open up to people. However, if you want to talk about your problems or learn some random facts about me, I'm all about it. Just don't expect me to dive into my entire life with you right away. I'm not my favorite topic of conversation.
Most people have the common misconception that introverts are shy. In fact, they aren't always interconnected. Being shy doesn't mean you don't want to be around people and not needing to be around people doesn't mean you're shy. In fact, I'm probably one of the most obnoxious people I know, I just hate being around people for the entirety of a day.
So, for all of you social butterflies that like to go out but also want to be in bed all day, I'm with you. You're not the only one. We just need others to know to take time and realize that we need our space. We still like to have fun, we just might have to go home early. We want to tell you all our secrets, we just need to wait. At the end of the day, we really are just introverts with incredible social skills, and that's okay.