Hello everyone, I hope all is well with you. I’m back today after a week of work, writing and the pandemic. Truth be told the pandemic hasn’t had that negative of an effect on me. I’m an introvert by nature and in the winter, we hunker down and hibernate.
Don’t get me wrong. I miss going to the movies with my mom and out for a meal with my family, but I’m not chomping at the bit because I can’t get out and socialize. However, our extrovert friends can’t claim the same. The mild discomfort us introverts feel is nothing compared to what our extroverted friends are going through. They get energized by interacting with people, so this social distancing is hard for them, I’m sure.
I know we should be thankful for the technology that allows us to interact via zoom calls and WebEx, but it isn’t the same as being in the same room as someone and interacting with their energy. The world before the pandemic was made for the extrovert. That world has been turned upside down, and this pandemic has many of us introverts thriving. While we’re finding our inner peace because we aren’t forced to interact outside of our homes, our extroverts are floundering.
Many of us are working from home. I love it. I used to drive ten hours a week to get to work. So, the extra ten hours a week I get for not driving, I get to devote to something I really want to do like writing. I also find freedom in the fact that I can get up fifteen minutes before work starts and do my job in my pajamas. I don’t do this. I always get up and shower before I start working. I feel more professionally prepared when I do this. 😉
However, just knowing I have that option gives me a sense of freedom. Our extroverts don’t feel the same way. They need social interaction to feel energized and they’re not getting it. It’s no wonder that the suicide rate is on the rise and there’s also a rise in domestic violence.
The increase in these occurrences aren’t just due to the isolation, though. There are other factors involved like the loss of income and displacement from homes that need to be considered. This is a hard time for all of us, but for our extroverts especially.
So, let’s keep this in mind as we interact with people even if it’s during a WebEx meeting. Let’s make sure we’re kind and giving. I know we’re all financially strapped because many of us aren’t working because of the lockdown, but if we have an opportunity to give even if it’s just a kind word let’s do it. Let’s reach out even if it’s just a phone call to our extroverted friends and let them know we’re thinking of them. They need it now more than ever.
Thanks for stopping by and reading my post. Do you have some ways we can take care of our extroverted friends? Leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you!