The Life of an Introvert

That’s me!

Or so that’s what Myers Briggs Personality Test has continued to reveal. An INFJ, to be exact. I don’t know how much I trust the test. Mainly because I feel I may lean into the INTJ category as well. (But I am no expert in the matter.)

Anyway, because I am introverted I prefer being alone most times. I sometimes come off as being shy or quiet or both.

But there’s a few things in life that truly make me happy: books, deep conversations (sometimes difficult to have, given that I am introverted), outdoor adventure, and, most importantly, alone time.

Ok, so the latter two I haven’t had much time to indulge in since, for the past two years, I have been studying to be a paralegal. As I progressed through the studies, I found less time to write, whether that was on my blog or participating in challenges from the online poetry community. At the same time, I want to create meaningful connections with people. Meaningful being the operative word here, guys and gals. I have found that interviewing people does just that. (Ok, maybe I was at one point a sudent journalist; and I kind of miss the interactions).

Books

Books were my first companion; and they still are, to some extent.

I don’t know if that was a good thing or bad. From a positive perspective, it was. I rely on my active imagation to take me where my feet currently can’t (or won’t). It’s your choice, really?

Right now that place is Sweden.

The book I am currently reading was recommended to me by a friend. It’s the novel The Emigrants by Vilhelm Moberg, a definitive guide about the Swedish disporia in the mid-nineteenth century. The Nilsson family and members of their community have already experienced a great deal of struggles. And they haven’t left Sweden yet to voyage to the Americas to start a new life and chase the fabled American Dream.

Times really do change, if you think about it.

Deep Conversations

I find I rarely have that many deep conversations outside of my immediate family. As someone as diverse as I am, I could probably chat away about politics, books, the environment, and more

Outdoor Adventure

There’s this part of me that knows that I’ve had an appreciation of nature and the desire for outdoor adventure from a young age. I’m grateful to have experienced some of this throughout my short 28 years on this Earth. But not nearly enough to satisfy my wanderlust though.

Alone Time

Something I crave and something I lack. For me alone time requires peace and quiet. And lots of time to think (and preferably to write).

Cheers for now!

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  1. We have alot in common. I’m a bit of a mixture, an introvert that loves nature and the great outdoors and time alone. Yet I also love being with people and having meaningful conversations. 🙂

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      1. Yes. Blogging allows me to share my thoughts/ideas from a place of solitude — my alone time. But it then also generates the meaningful conversations I crave – which I can also engage in during alone time. I find inspiration everywhere, but most often in the great outdoors. My biggest problem, then, is the emotional energy blogging requires of me. The posts I am most proud of (and which seem to make the most impact) take me hours. Unfortunately I don’t always have hours to give!

        Cheers! I love your blog’s name. 😉

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  2. I would like to say all the nice things about being an introvert but the truth is it’s the worse thing that ever happened to me. In my part of the world there isn’t any place for introverts and I feel I would have been a better me if I were an extrovert. Anyway, I try to make the best of what I’ve got.

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    1. No, I haven’t…but I’m pretty certain I’ve heard of the book before. Being a loner is something I’ve come to accept about myself, but I think it would be hard to meet someone who’s be ok with that too. I love vintage fashion!

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      1. Right now it seems I’m writing about nostalgic and underrated films from childhood, I plan to write something on my current playlists or favorite recording artists…have another project under wraps inspired by one of my earlier posts on here, friluftsliv.

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  3. I’m an INFJ too! Apparently I’m a really good functioning extrovert, though, because when people find out I am an introvert, they’re surprised, but I CRAVE alone time. It’s nice to meet you!

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    1. Nice to meet you! I feel the same way. I like meeting a few people at a time, which can make networking a challenge. (Luckily there’s an app for it now, which helps). I only enjoy talking on the topics on my blog, plus the environment and fashion/design.

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      1. Me too! I struggle with large groups unless they’re all close friends, but even then after a little bit of time, I’m ready to be by myself again. I guess that is a sure sign that you’re passionate about your blog topics!! That is so awesome! 😊

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  4. I’m long past 28 – 71 and counting now – but I still crave books and outdoor adventure (my chief alone time) while I gave up a long time ago trying to find deep conversation. It seems to be an endangered species now.

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    1. It is quite hard nowadays and it’s likely because of phone use…i miss outdoor adventure, but that’s one reason why I’d love Norway, because it’s valued in their culture. (Or seems to be from my point of view).

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  5. Visiting your blog for the first time because you left a comment on another blog during the AtoZ Blog Challenge. I am an ENFJ on the Myers Briggs. I’ve spent some time investigating the test and results. I found it an interesting tool with my writing and character development in fiction. Wonder if you would find this piece of the puzzle interesting? Introversion/extraversion is not so much about who talks the most, but this idea: Extraverts talk in order to think and introverts think in order to talk. If you have time or interest, I have been writing about BOOKSTORES, their architecture, location, and the great people who sell books. The last three letters X,Y,Z are book related. I’ll be back!

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    1. That’s cool about introversion/extroversion…I seem to do a bit of both especially for book ideas. I love bookstores and libraries. When I travel to Helsinki I am planning to visit one of the university libraries because of its architecture.

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  6. I’m an introvert but one that’s evolved over the years. There are a variety of us out there and the more we can share the more understanding people have about us. As we can come across as being aloof or anti social when we aren’t at all. It’s just certain situations works for us while others don’t.

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  7. Thanks for dropping by and following. Thought I’d come look over your domain. Being also an introvert and INFJ with wanderlust, I liked what I read, so will follow back. One big difference is now I’m looking at the approach of my 67th. having pursued those dreams of travel and deep conversations and pursuing my remaining dream of writing, It was a wonderful journey. I hope you will find your path to fulfill every dream. INFJ’s are rare never water down those dreams the world and its people are infinite in colour and diversity – go explore!

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    1. Thank you for the confidence! I know where I want to be, I just have to figure out a way to get there. I hope to publish poetry collections too and perhaps do much more. I do not want to feel stuck in life, but sometimes do. Traveling is definitely rewarding.

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