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Sat May 1, 2021, 12:38 PM

Meet the introverts who are dreading a return to normal.

Everybody canít wait to return to normal. Except for half the population dreading the return to normal.

ďItís like being paroled for a year and then being told, ĎActually, youíre going back to prison'"...

For most introverts, the outside world can sometimes require emotional labor. The small talk at the office is work because no one wants to know how youíre really doing. Bosses and clients demand a happy face. Extended family and friends, no matter how loved, require what little down time isnít already dedicated to work and a spouse or kids...

...As one Twitter user put it, ďnow that Iím fully vaccinated, I just want you to know that I still wonít be able to make that thing because I donít want to come.Ē
https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/introverts-are-dreading-a-return-to-the-noise-crowds-and-small-talk-of-normal-life/2021/04/09/386006b0-987b-11eb-b28d-bfa7bb5cb2a5_story.html

Yup.

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Reply Meet the introverts who are dreading a return to normal. (Original post)
Ocelot II May 1 OP
ShazamIam May 1 #1
Ocelot II May 1 #2
ShazamIam May 1 #5
CousinIT May 1 #3
tanyev May 1 #4
Diamond_Dog May 1 #6
yonder May 1 #7
Midnight Writer May 1 #8
jimfields33 May 1 #9
tanyev May 1 #14
jimfields33 May 1 #17
Unca Jim May 1 #15
smirkymonkey May 28 #23
captain queeg May 1 #10
zuul May 1 #11
George II May 1 #12
orangecrush May 1 #13
Delmette2.0 May 1 #16
jimfields33 May 1 #18
Delmette2.0 May 1 #19
jimfields33 May 1 #20
DemUnleashed May 1 #21
Mr.Bill May 1 #22
smirkymonkey May 28 #24

Response to Ocelot II (Original post)

Sat May 1, 2021, 12:49 PM

1. I'm one of those who will have to create a fresh list of reasons for regrets, plausible

and foolproof, meaning unquestionable.

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Response to ShazamIam (Reply #1)

Sat May 1, 2021, 12:53 PM

2. I can't even use the excuse of being sick because one of the side-effects

of a year of self-imposed house arrest and mask-wearing is that I never got sick with anything.

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Response to Ocelot II (Reply #2)

Sat May 1, 2021, 01:01 PM

5. Yes, no cold or flu, just the spring pollen, which fortunately leads to summer dust, pollen and

too much sunlight.

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Response to Ocelot II (Original post)

Sat May 1, 2021, 12:57 PM

3. I'm one of those. Probably be a 'hybrid' situation - working at home couple days a week

Onsite other days.

Blech.

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Response to Ocelot II (Original post)

Sat May 1, 2021, 12:58 PM

4. Yep, yep, yep.

The pandemic has been the ultimate good reason for not doing things I didn't really want to do. I'll be fully vaccinated in a few more days and I do want to do my own grocery shopping in person, especially stores like Sprouts or Trader Joe's which I haven't bothered with since this all started. That's about all I miss.

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Response to Ocelot II (Original post)

Sat May 1, 2021, 01:14 PM

6. I have a feeling

That some people I know will be wanting to meet for lunch in a restaurant now that more of us are fully vaccinated, and Iím just not comfortable with that yet. I know theyíll think Iím being a weenie but I canít help it.

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Response to Ocelot II (Original post)

Sat May 1, 2021, 01:19 PM

7. Yup x 2. I got to say that socially,

this past year hasn't been that bad.

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Response to Ocelot II (Original post)

Sat May 1, 2021, 01:26 PM

8. Count me as one who is thoroughly comfortable in his cocoon.

I have no desire to break out as a social butterfly.

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Response to Ocelot II (Original post)

Sat May 1, 2021, 01:46 PM

9. 50 percent of the country is introvert

Iím a huge extrovert. I am stunned by the 50-50 split. I thought it was 80 extrovert and 20 introvert. Learn something new everyday.

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Response to jimfields33 (Reply #9)

Sat May 1, 2021, 03:19 PM

14. See? Introverts do such a good job staying out of the hustle and bustle

you don't realize how many of us there are. Sneaky.

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Response to tanyev (Reply #14)

Sat May 1, 2021, 03:25 PM

17. Lol. Love it and so true. We need you so much to keep things perfect!!!!

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Response to jimfields33 (Reply #9)

Sat May 1, 2021, 03:19 PM

15. I mean maybe...

online. But it's more like 30/70.

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Response to jimfields33 (Reply #9)

Fri May 28, 2021, 05:53 AM

23. Really? I thought as you did. I really believed that we were a majority extrovert nation.

I am an extreme introvert and feel like I am surrounded by extroverts everywhere I go. Especially at work, which is where it's hardest for me.

The pandemic and ensuing lockdown has been a dream come true for me. I did miss some things, but basically I was not suffering at all.

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Response to Ocelot II (Original post)

Sat May 1, 2021, 02:44 PM

10. I'm a bit of an introvert but I'm looking forward to being able to do a few more things

I got a haircut and went to the library yesterday. Not my first haircut but Iíve missed the library for the last year or so. They did have a program where you could order books and theyíd bring them to your car but yesterday was the first time I could browse in a long time. You had to sign up for a slot and they only let 6 in at a time for half hour of access, but that was sure nice and I picked up three books.

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Response to Ocelot II (Original post)

Sat May 1, 2021, 03:05 PM

11. I get to continue working from home

and I am thrilled! I would rather spend time with plants and animals than humans!

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Response to Ocelot II (Original post)

Sat May 1, 2021, 03:09 PM

12. I've been socially distancing most of my life (not really, but it's a great excuse!)

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Response to Ocelot II (Original post)

Sat May 1, 2021, 03:18 PM

13. Introvert here.



I must confess, I have enjoyed the quality time.

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Response to Ocelot II (Original post)

Sat May 1, 2021, 03:22 PM

16. I turned down my 50th class reunion citing COVID.

My very small home town is mostly Repug now and former classmates will be attending from all over the country. I really don't have anything in common with any of them.

The organizers seem to think this will all be over by July. LOL.

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Response to Delmette2.0 (Reply #16)

Sat May 1, 2021, 03:27 PM

18. I'm so grateful mine isn't until 2022.

I havenít missed one yet and I even flew back from Korea to attend one. They are the best.

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Response to jimfields33 (Reply #18)

Sat May 1, 2021, 03:29 PM

19. I truely hope you have a great time. nt

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Response to Delmette2.0 (Reply #19)

Sat May 1, 2021, 03:30 PM

20. Thank you so much.

Hopefully we will be totally out of the covid by next year.

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Response to Ocelot II (Original post)

Sat May 1, 2021, 03:34 PM

21. Make Up

Have not worn make up in one year! I would love it if I never have to wear any ever again!!

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Response to Ocelot II (Original post)

Sat May 1, 2021, 03:42 PM

22. I missed celebrating a few family

birthdays and anniversaries, but other than that I have actually enjoyed the last year. I should mention I am retired and my income wasn't harmed at all. I used stimulus money to do a few projects around the house, and I live in a Senior mobile home park, so I still saw my neighbors at the proper distance and never felt isolated. Zoom was a big help staying in touch with family, but we didn't even use that as much as I thought we would.

A wife I really get along well with and a couple of good dogs helped, too.

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Response to Ocelot II (Original post)

Fri May 28, 2021, 06:05 AM

24. I read this in the WaPo when it came out, but I just saw it here.

Sometimes, I wish this issue would be taken more seriously by society as a whole, because I still don't think introverts - our our issues - are taken seriously. It's kind of like, oh, isn't that cute! Well, you still have to play by our rules, sorry!

I can choose my own friends and most of them are either more like me or at least understand and accept my introverted tendencies, but where it is really a problem is at work, where extroverts shine and introverts are not considered to be "team players", blah blah blah. I am dreading going back to the office, even though it will only be about three days per week.

And our company is big on "culture" which means we have all these social events, which are usually happy hours, or other party type events which I have no interest in, so I feel like I am being anti-social when I don't attend. I have been using fear of Covid as an excuse so far (it's mostly the younger people who have been attending these things), but I won't be able to use that legitimately for much longer.

I love that last line! ďnow that Iím fully vaccinated, I just want you to know that I still wonít be able to make that thing because I donít want to come.Ē So perfect!

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