It's taken me years to really appreciate just how much of a homebody & introvert I am. For the longest time I worried that maybe I'm just a bit odd & that there was something wrong with me but really, my personality traits & what makes me happiest just isn't the same as the majority. Which is totally okay with me but it's taken me awhile to get where I am today & here are some of the things I've learnt along the way.
What Is An Introvert & A Homebody?
An introvert generally prefers solitary activities opposed to interacting with large groups of people. And a homebody refers to those that prefer pleasures & activities that centre around the home.
It's Not Boring In The Slightest
Probably one of the biggest misconceptions about being a homebody is that it's boring. I'm a big believer that the biggest reason for somebody to have a good time is based on their personality opposed to where you are. There are so many awesome things that you can do whether it be alone or with other people. And it's so much more cost friendly too!
It's Perfectly Normal
For so long I felt like I wasn't 'normal' because I didn't enjoy going on nights out or partying with friends. And the thought of a bustling crowd just made me want to hide under my duvet. There is absolutely nothing wrong with not enjoying huge social occasions or going out & getting drunk. For some people, that's how they thrive but for some, it's just not enjoyable.
It's More Acceptable The Older You Become
I still remember how unacceptable it was to say that you didn't want to go & hangout but I feel the older we get, the more prominent that people really enjoy being at home & socialising in that kind of environment. When you're younger & you feel like you're the only one who wants to stay at home, it can be disheartening but chances are you're not alone.
It Means You Recharge In A Different Way
Ever since I realised that I was an introvert, it's been something I've really enjoyed learning about. Learning about being an introvert & how it can change different aspects of your life is really amazing & gives you a new perspective on it all. Introverts tend to recharge when they're alone opposed to extrovert who get their energy from other people.
You're Not Alone
One of the biggest things I've learnt over the years about being an introvert & a homebody is that we really aren't alone. It's really opened my eyes to just how many people out there are introverted & homebodies but also that it's nothing to be ashamed of. Being an introvert wasn't always something that was spoken about five years ago & it was always made out to be such a bad trait but it's not at all. Although it's hard, sometimes you just have to stand up for how you feel & stick to it.