Introverts can not be cured

I’m an introvert.

It took me only about 40 years to realize that.  I credit my friends on Facebook who shared their experiences.  Yet again I discovered that I was not weird.

I married a man who was an extrovert (and slightly narcissistic).  He loved being the centre of attention, loved meeting new people, loved small talk.  I was happy being his wife because I could fade into the corner of the room while everyone was focused on him.  I am the type of person who will hide in a store when someone I know walks to toward me, so that I don’t have to talk to them.  My ex is the type of person who will cross 6 lanes of traffic to say hi to someone he met in an elevator 2 years ago.

He could never understand why I acted the way I did.  And I couldn’t explain it to him because I didn’t even know why I acted that way.  Really, I thought there was something wrong with me.  When I asked him why he stayed with me for so long if he didn’t like the way I acted and he said, “I thought you would get better.”

I wasn’t sick!

I’m an introvert.  I’m normal in the way that half the population is normal.

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