Introvert or Extrovert? I think the majority of people who look at me at first glance would think I’m an extrovert. I can play the extrovert but in reality I’m an introvert. I love & NEED my alone time. I get my energy from my me time vs getting it from other people. I’ve always been like this. When I was a kid I socialized at school & at dance practice but I loved my home to be the place for just myself. I would spend hours chatting away to myself in my room, happy as can be. This didn’t change growing up. In high school my parents had me go out for the Pom squad because they thought it would be the best way for me to be social. I took it as a good way to practice dance more lol. I was great at entertaining the crowd but I was far more the kid in art class who put on my headphones & gave everyone the “do not talk to me” stare as I worked. I also preferred surrounding myself with fellow introverts where we loved each other’s company but knew & understand we also need our space. Today the majority of my closest friends are introverts. College Was the same. Socialized with all my friends in the theatre program but then on weekends I turned off my phone & took the time just to be with myself. It’s a strange thing now of being an introvert while also being engaged & connected with so many people through social media. It’s balancing the time for these platforms while having enough energy to give to my friends, family, & to myself. That’s why I love the road trips with those I‘m close to or going solo. Gives me the time I need to recharge. Especially when I go solo. Every day I need my time. Whether that is to hike, practice yoga, draw, plant succulents … I need a certain amount of to be with myself. Thankfully my family & friends get that I don’t always want to hang, that I’m not being rude when I tell them that “I’m just going to be with myself today”. Most of them are introverts anyway so they get it lol. Whether you’re an introvert or extrovert you should never feel getting for taking time for yourself. It’s not being selfish, it’s taking care of yourself.