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Teen Talk

September 7, 2013

On the Go: Respect rights of the introverts


So what’s an overstimulated introvert to do but steal away to an empty classroom or a darkened stairwell during an occasional lunch? Just don’t get caught being too introverted or face the consequences.

A lot of these obstacles occur in the everyday social rigamarole, too. To be happy and satisfied, you need to go, go, go and do, do, do. If you’d rather chill at home occasionally or not have dry small talk, you can be seen as snobbish and rude.

New places are great, but so is your home. New people are great, but so are books. New experiences are great, but so is playing Monopoly. It’s nice to stretch your comfort zone, but comfort zones should be respected too.

One of the best things about introverts is their depth. I’ve been into A Fine Frenzy lately, which is a band that I highly recommend. Her lyrics are perfectly introverted. She reveals enough to catch your ear but leaves enough to make you wonder. The lyrics are cryptically enticing and have that thought-provoking quality most radio music lacks. If a book, song, movie or conversation is still being wrestled about in your head hours later, it was probably worth your while. I find introverts to be like this. 

Extroverts are more like a catchy radio tune. They both have their place and time and we love them. I have both types of music on my iPod and I have both types of people in my life, and I wouldn’t want it any other way.

I think the tiniest introverts have it the hardest, because they cannot yet advocate for themselves. It’s tough to have all sorts of weird adults constantly getting in your face telling you how much you’ve grown, parents apologizing because you’re “just shy,” and other kids having the nerve to be at the playground when you’d like to play by yourself. Society sends the message to these little ones that they are wrong and need to change to better fit our narrow view of acceptable.

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