I promised my friend Mia that I would write the second part of the “Introverts Read” blog, and here it is.
Not all introverts are readers. Some are marvelous visual people, who revel in images instead of blobs of ink on paper. If you want to meet the second largest group of introverts, look for photographers. The person hiding behind a lens is probably an introvert.
The thing we all have in common is that we like to observe the world around us. We don’t want to be in the thick of the action, but we still like to see what’s going on. We are students of human nature and the world we live in, to some degree or another. That comes out in the creative work we do. The readers among us tend to write. The photographers click away, capturing the world in small moments. We have to include the other arts as well. Film makers. Sculptors. Artists. Weavers. Wood workers. We choose to capture our view of the world and record it in so many ways. And we do it quietly.
I love photographers, and not just because my better half happens to be one. Cee teaches me to look at the world differently. Through her I’ve met so many photographer introverts. They tend not to have a staggering TBR (To Be Read) pile, but they will have a staggering amount of photographic files, each of which is worth a thousand words, as the old saying goes.
You can easily separate the extrovert photographers from the introvert ones by the number of “selfies” that they take. Introvert photographers never include themselves in pictures. They stay behind the lens. They take pictures of their camera instead of themselves. If they do post a picture it’s been altered in some way to make them hard to identify. If you don’t believe me, go check out the About pages of the photographers who submit to the WordPress weekly photo challenge.
The point is that you don’t have to be a nerdy bookworm to be an introvert. You can find other ways to enjoy the world quietly.
And I do have to voice a caveat that not all readers or photographers or sculptors or artists or…. are introverts. Extroverts are highly creative people, too. And they read. I love all of them who stop by and share on this blog.
If you are an introvert who isn’t a bookworm, how do you observe and appreciate the world around you? Hit the comments and share with us.
Hi. I’m Chris. I’m an introvert. All of my postings tend to reflect my introvert world in some way or another. Join me and like minded introverts for a special slant on the world.