In honor of May being Self-Discovery month, I wanted to share a recent discovery that I made about myself.
I’ve never been a very social person. Most of you might not know this, but I am a very quiet person. I’ve been this way my entire life, and it’s not that I’m shy or depressed or antisocial, I just prefer not to talk. I’m more of a listen-and-observe kind of girl.
Growing up I was always made fun of for being quiet. From 5th grade all through high school, I was labeled as “quiet girl”.
I was always looked at differently just because I didn’t like talking. I lost the majority of my friends, because they thought it was un-cool to hang out with someone who didn’t talk or initiate conversation.
Everyone that I knew, including my family made it seem like being quiet was a bad thing. Not once in my life, including today, has a person told me that it was okay to be quiet, that it was okay to be me.
I started believing what everyone said. I thought for the longest time that something was wrong with me, that not being talkative was bad, I thought that maybe I would just snap out of it one day, but it never came.
Then, a few weeks ago, I made one of the most empowering discoveries about myself that I’ve ever made.
I was on Pinterest, I was looking at a bunch of inspirational quotes when I noticed one that really hit me hard. The quote was talking about Introverts.
I was completely moved, yet confused when I read this. How was being quiet an art? I always thought that being quiet was a bad thing. I wanted to know more, so I began researching and looking up more quotes.
I started with looking up the definition.
What are introvert people like?
Introverts (for those who don’t know) are people, who are very quiet and reserved. They are more interested in self-knowledge or self-understanding. Instead of going to a big social gathering they would prefer to stay at home and read a good book.
I couldn’t believe what I was reading, I felt like I had a disease my entire life and I was finally finding out what it was. This one sentence had described my entire life.
This glimmer of hope began to build in me, at realizing that I was not alone.
Famous people who are introverts
I also discovered that many of the world’s most famous and greatest people were introverts.
- Albert Einstein
- Steve Jobs
- Emma Watson
- Audrey Hepburn
- Warren Buffett
- Rosa Parks
- J.K. Rowling
- Ingrid Bergman
Here are some more famous people who are introverts.
It was even more interesting to learn that although Introverts are a minority in the regular population, they are a majority in the gifted population. About 60% of the gifted population is made up of introverts.
This one really touched me. Never in my life had I considered myself as gifted. I came to the realization that if Emma Watson and Audrey Hepburn can be amazing actors and introverts then why couldn’t I?
For the first time in forever I finally began to see that I am good enough, and that being quiet isn’t my weakness. It’s my strength.
And I didn’t find out what was wrong with me, I found out what was right.
So, if anyone else is struggling with this same thing, I want to tell you that it’s okay to be quiet.
There is so much that you can notice when you wait and listen.
– Mariah (Ugly Ducklings Inc’s Resource Assistant)