I follow Susan Cain on LinkedIn. For those of you who don’t know her, she is the author of “Quiet, The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.” She copied a quote from Twitter and pasted it on her LinkedIn feed that seemed to be written for me.
CDC: To prevent coronavirus, stay home, avoid physical contact, and don’t go into large crowds.
Introverts: I’ve been preparing for this moment my entire life.
Part of the reason nothing has changed for me is that I have been working remotely for about eight years, so my office life is status quo. But even on my own time, there is no boredom in my little world. I still feel like there’s not enough hours in the day. I write, read, cook, bake, rearrange, organize, exercise, watch Netflix, crochet and allow my mind to wander.
That’s not to say the pandemic hasn’t had a personal impact on me. I fret that I won’t be able to hold my newborn grandson expected soon, and I miss playing with my granddaughter. And let’s not even talk about the retirement savings that took a huge hit. I bravely venture out with blue plastic gloves to the supermarket where the atmosphere is ominous with its warning signs and scanty inventory. The money saved on gas, restaurants and entertainment is being spent at Stop & Shop where I feel compelled to buy double, fearful that the nearly empty shelves may be completely vacant on my next visit, or I may not be able to get out at all. Two people coughed nearby, and now I can’t shake the feeling of creepy crawlers all over me.
But as a homebody, I am a happy girl. All my life, I have felt the pressure of having to follow the crowd of travel lovers and social butterflies. Now, while extroverts are climbing the walls with an increasing sense of monotony as they struggle to get used to this new normal, I am in my comfort zone. From the inside looking out, I excel.