I have been doing a lot of thinking about where my life is headed, who I am and who I am becoming. As I saw photos of some acquaintances out and about, in a large group of people, all "bonding", I asked myself if I was not missing out on something.
If I am not out and about with a bunch of people, doing "stuff" together, am I missing out on life? I think this is one of the most contentious topics for me in my introversion... And truth is, I am not.
I am not missing out on life and it is perfectly fine to want to be home reading a good book, or just spending time with my hubby and my dogs, or just by myself with my thoughts.
Do you really think the likes of Plato, da Vinci would have been able to come up with so much thought process, theories, manifestos if they were doing the 9 to 5, maybe taking 1 or 2 weeks off a year, and doing a lot of thinking in a 'collaboration' environment with a lot of togetherness? I didn't think so.
I am not saying great ideas have not been born of collaboration and team work (2 business concepts I really dislike), but some great concepts would never been born in such environment.
So that's it. There are so many labels to categorize people who don't fit in all this togetherness, collaboration, team work, no alone time environment. And these labels were invented just because well, we are supposed to conform.
So what I say? Conform no more! Be bold, be silly, be weird, be crazy, but be you. So when you look in the mirror, you recognize yourself.
“I think the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself.”
― Rita Mae Brown