cobbies69 left this comment on yesterday’s Introvert Cartoon of the Week: “An introvert for me is someone who walks into a party and is never noticed.” I thought it was a wonderful topic, one that I’ve been meaning to do for a while now.
As introverts, we are torn between two worlds, the visible and the invisible. We largely want to be invisible, just left alone to enjoy our lives, happy in our quiet solitude, or sometimes sharing it with those few and special people we let see the private side of us. Those are the nourishing, comfortable, enjoyable times. Ah, bliss!
But we also have the times when we need to be quite visible. We want to make our opinions heard at work, for example. We want to be noticed because we are significant contributors to the world around us. We matter. We want to participate. We put on our best extrovert imitation and go forth to be counted and acknowledged.
Then there are the days when we are stuck in between the two worlds. I hate those days. I know you’ve had them, too. Those are the days when you are the first person at the deli counter and everyone who came after you gets waited on first. Or you get seated in a restaurant and the tables that are seated after you get their order taken and served before you. You can raise your hand, wave at the server, and nothing happens. It’s like you’re stuck in extreme introvert mode and don’t exist in the real world any more. You finally blurt out in a loud voice, “What am I, invisible?” and the waitress notices you, a surprised look on her face.
How about you? Share some of your invisible moments with us!
And going back to the comment that started this post, “An introvert for me is someone who walks into a party and is never noticed”, I want to remind everyone to participate in our first Club Introvert social event. It’s the one party where you can be both invisible and visible at the same time.
Hi. I’m Chris. I’m an introvert. Look for my ongoing series debunking the introvert myths (Sunday) and introvert cartoons (Wednesday), plus anything else interesting that I find in the meantime. Come and share with like-minded introverts. I also contribute to the new food blog Three’s Cooking, learning to cook from the heart, for the soul.