-ALFRED THOMAS, 2nd Year, MCE
She glides through, unnoticed, smoothly moving through the crowd. A “Hi” here and a “Hello” there suffices. Curt nods and abrupt handshakes disrupt her passage. She’ll eventually find a place in the farthest corners of the classroom. Comfortably chatting with her close aides yet uncomfortably quiet otherwise. You may despise her, pity her or as many do, ignore her.
Welcome to the quiet, boring world of the introvert.
Yet, this world is anything but quiet. It’s, surprisingly, far from boring. It’s a world nearly half of all human beings belong to. Because introversion isn’t a perversion. It isn’t a disorder. It’s simply who you are.
Our lives are shaped as profoundly by our personality as by our gender. And the single-most important aspect is how introverted/extroverted we are. This influences nearly every major choice we make – career, relationships, friendships etc. And yet, we allow ourselves to be carved by the false notions of the world. We lose sense of who we are in our pursuit of success.
The world really likes to think that it values individuality, but what it eventually does is value and admire only one type of individual – someone who’s bold, courageous, expressive – in short, extroverted. But a world of only extroverts is like a world consisting of only men. It’s like a rainbow made up of only one colour. Empty, meaningless, dull. Nature created men and women, carnivores and herbivores, black and white, introverts and extroverts.
Sure, introverts aren’t gregarious. Doesn’t mean they’re uninteresting. Without introverts, you wouldn’t have heard of gravity or relativity. Harry Potter wouldn’t have existed. Even in your head. You’d remain uninformed and unconnected, because Google and Facebook wouldn’t be there. And most probably, you’d still be under British rule – because Gandhiji was also, unfortunately, an introvert.
It might be difficult to take stock of your talents. But once you do, you can be unstoppable. Introvert or extrovert doesn’t matter. What matters is being true to yourself.
So people, value who you are. Embrace who you are. Cherish life. Paint this world with your colours. Not your friends’, your neighbour’s or even your sister’s. And help create a beautiful masterpiece.