Some of the characteristics of introverts I find most amazing are our rich inner lives and imagination. Some of the characteristics of introverts I find hard to deal with are our inner lives and imagination.
I will explain why: with the advent of the internet the world came to my fingertips and I started realizing that when planning a vacation I was actually "living" that entire experience through research. I was "visiting" the sights, and smelling the streets and the cuisine. It became so vividly real in my brain that when I arrived at the destination, something was muted. As though I was watching a great movie twice, with my version being the best one.
"According to Lynne McTaggart in her book The Intention Experiment, electromyography (EMG) has shown that the brain does not differentiate between the thought of an action and a real action. In an experiment with a group of skiers, EMG discovered that when they mentally rehearsed their downhill runs, the electrical impulses sent to the muscles were the same as when physically engaged in the runs." (quoted from here)
This knowledge brought to me both a scientific and spiritual epiphany. The scientific being that knowing how my introverted brain works, planning my vacation in full has robbed me of the "real" experience.
My spiritual epiphany will be better described by this little tale, from the book titled Brida-Paulo Coelho:
She was on the beach with her father, and he asked her to go and see what the temperature of the water was like. She was five years old and glad to be able to help. She went to the edge and dipped in a toe.
'I put my feet in and it's cold,' she told him.
Her father picked her up and carried her down to the water again and, without any warning, threw her in. She was shocked at first, but then laughed out loud at the trick he'd played.
'How's the water?' asked her father.
'It's lovely,' she replied.
'Right, from now on, whenever you want to find out about something, plunge straight in.'
We should never be afraid to live, for life is ephemeral and a surprise.