It's taken me years to really appreciate just how much of a homebody and introvert I am. For so long I've worried that maybe I'm just a little odd but I'm not. My personality traits and the things that make me the happiest aren't the same as the vast majority. Which is totally ok and here are some of the best lessons I've learnt from being an introvert and a homebody.
what is an introvert and a homebody?
generally prefers solitary activities to interacting with large groups of people.
- a person who prefers pleasures and activities that center around the home; stay-at-home.
IT'S NOT BORING IN THE SLIGHTEST
Probably one of the biggest misconceptions about being a homebody is that it's boring. I'm a big believer that the biggest reason for somebody to have a good time is because of their personality and not where you are. There are so many awesome things that you can do at home whether it be alone or with other people. And it's much more cost friendly so if you've not got a huge income or you're trying to save money then finding awesome activities to do at home is a great way to save money.
IT IS PERFECTLY "NORMAL"
For so long I felt like I wasn't quite "normal" because I didn't enjoy going on nights out. And the thought of a bustling crowd just made me want to hide under my duvet. There is absolutely nothing wrong with not enjoying huge social occasions or going out and getting drunk. For some people, that's how they thrive but for some people, it's just not enjoyable.
IT'S MORE ACCEPTABLE THE OLDER YOU BECOME
Although my school days are nearly a decade behind me. I still remember how unacceptable it was to say that you didn't want to go and hang out at the cold miserable park. But when you get older, especially after university. I feel like it becomes far more prominent that some people really enjoy being at home and socialising with others in that kind of environment. When you're younger and you feel like you're the only one who wants to do that it can be disheartening but you're probably not alone.
IT MEANS YOU JUST THRIVE AND RECHARGE IN A DIFFERENT WAY
Ever since I realised that I was introvert, it's been something that I've enjoyed learning about so much. Quiet by Susan Cain has been one of my all time favourite reads to learn more about being introverted and how it can change different aspects of your life. Introverts recharge when they're alone and extroverts get their energy from other people.
YOU'RE NOT ALONE
I'd like to thank the blogging community for this. It's really opened my eyes to just how many people out there are introverted and homebodies and how it's not anything to be ashamed of. It's always something that I've almost felt embarrassed about. As it's not something that is spoken about all too often. And when it is it's always made out to be such a bad trait. But it's not at all, although it's hard sometimes you just have to stand up for how you feel and stick by it.