Ya know, a thought just struck me as I was putting my frozen pizza into the oven. It’s struck me before, but really hit me just now. What we refer to as “introverts” and “extroverts” is such a weird categorization nowadays because it’s taken so literally.
What does it mean to “recharge one’s batteries” in the company of others? Which others? ANY others? Just anybody will do? No. That’s not accurate.
And what does it mean to recharge one’s batteries while spending time alone? Some folks prefer their own company. But ALL the time? Don’t we all desire others’ company at least some of the time? But what kind of company?
Some people desire to reach out to more people than others, not because they necessarily love communicating with everybody but because they have to throw out a wide net in order to find the compatible few they seek. We each reach out to others as we do, and this imagined divide between “introverts” and “extroverts” is being taken too far. We all recharge at times in communicating with others who understand us or who pose interesting topics that stimulate our minds. Some don’t find much stimulation from dealing with the majority of folks, or at least most of whom they come into contact with, so they learn to enjoy their own company enough to tolerate it for long spells.
But then we all meet up on the internet eventually. Technology redefines space for us and allows us enhanced freedom to communicate openly and take breaks from conversation at will. Funny how obscured from one another we are, sitting in our own private homes in our jammies, drinking, waiting on the oven timer to go off.
The jury is still out on whether I’m an introverted extrovert or an extroverted introvert. But who cares? Shades of gray for us all, and how could it be any other way?