“Inside an Introverted Mind” by Joseph Vasquez

I’m not rude, I don’t think I’m any better than you, my mind just doesn’t function like yours. You may love to be around a lot of people, I don’t. It’s not that I don’t want to, I just can’t, I would love to go to a ball game, but I can’t be around that many people.

If I try to have a conversation with you, that means I care about you. If I try to make you laugh, it means I would take a bullet for you, and if I pursue a relationship with you, I have every intention of asking you to take my last name one day.

I admire how the extroverted mind works, in some ways, I’m envious. I’ve had to pretend that I had your traits during interviews; I mean, who really likes working on a team? I watch movies and wonder how people do that, if anything, I’d want to be the one writing the material for someone else.    

Introverts get stereotyped as weird, shy and as loners. Extroverts get stereotyped as loud, fake and needy. When will we realize that we are just people? Unique individuals with gifts that we can use to inspire and motivate each other.  

I live in beautiful, sunny Southern California, the longest I’ve gone without a dog is two weeks, and I’m going to write until I can’t anymore.

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