I have always been a rather introvert person.
I am the person that tends to need people to approach me before I speak to them. That sits on the sidelines. That will be on the fringes of an event unless I am with someone I know. I have been to a few blogging events and spied a number of people I wanted to speak to in person but I have always waited to be approached.
As part of the Britmums Book Club, I was sent a copy of "Quiet" by Susan Cain. The by-line of this book is "The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking" so I am rather looking forward to reading it.
For now, I have read a little bit of it and there is a quote included at the front which resonates with me.
"A species in which everyone was General Patton would not succeed, any more than would a race in which everyone was Vincent van Gough. I prefer to think that the planet needs athletes, philosophers, sex symbols, painters, scientists; it needs the warm-hearted, the hard-hearted, the cold-hearted and the weak-hearted. It needs those who can devote their lives to studying how many droplets of water are secreted by the salivary glands of dogs under which circumstances, and it needs those who can capture the passing impression of cherry blossoms in a fourteen-syllable poem or devote twenty-five pages to the dissection of a small boy's feelings as he lies in bed in the dark waiting for his mother to kiss him goodnight... Indeed the presence of outstanding strengths presupposes that energy needed in other areas has been channelled away from them."
I already feel better for reading this. It's all too easy for introverted people to feel as though they don't matter as much as more extroverted people.