Introverts + Community

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There has been a struggle in my life lately.

The strong desire to create community in a city I have lived in for six months.

On the other hand, I value my alone time because it renews me as an introvert.

I have the tendency to resort to books as a means of escape. Books are constant companions. Friends with great stories to dive into whenever I want.

Lately, I have been watching FRIENDS chronologically. After I graduated college a few years ago, I went on an unhealthy FRIENDS binge where I had little human interaction and preferred the TV show characters to people in my community. At the time I was living in a really small town — mainly farmland.

Now I live in a city, but I find myself equally drawn to the comfort of escaping into my own little world as a protection from being around so many people.

My question: how do introverts form community? For me it has been a struggle. I don’t pretend to have all the answers. Often times I try to partner up with an extrovert who understands what it truly means to be an introvert — and knowing it’s ok if I need some space.

I would love to hear from you if you have thoughts on this.

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