March 20th

He answered them, ‘I have told you already, and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again?

John 9:27

When have you felt like it was hard for others to validate/believe your experience?

So. Funny story. I’m an introvert. Some even consider me a spokesperson for introverts. I’m that introverted. What does this mean? The easiest answer is that being around people drains me of energy and that the time I spend by myself recharges me. A more detailed answer is that introverts need less stimulation, are exhausted by small talk, tend to think before they speak and are therefore considered good listeners, and guard their limited supply of social energy closely.

But society hasn’t been designed with introverts in mind. By some estimates, extroverts outnumber introverts 3 to 1. Teachers have docked my grades for not speaking enough in class. People have thought me weird for spending more time with pets than people at gatherings. I have been advised not to speak about my introverted tendencies in job interviews. Like it’s a weakness of my character.

My being an introvert was perhaps more obvious when I was younger. As I’ve gotten older I’ve learned how to “be on” or fake extroversion when I’m in crowds. My job puts me in front of large groups of people on a regular basis. Luckily I don’t often have to speak in front of those crowds. But I’m there and for the time I’m there I can bring the energy required. I can be so convincing in this that people are often surprised as they get to know me just how introverted I am. I am always quick to assure them that I am indeed exhausted, and I promptly excuse myself and go take a nap.

Where's your favorite place to be? Why?

I grew up spending my summers in southern Maine. It’s where my grandfather grew up and being there always felt like I was going home, even though I couldn’t claim it as my birthplace. I can thank my visits to Maine for instilling in me the importance of family, music, adventuring, napping, curling up with a book, the marshmallow / campfire combo, using sunscreen, and laughing regularly. Adulthood has allowed me to share the place I love so much with many friends, a certain significant other-turned-spouse, and now my daughter.

Sarah Huber

Sarah is the Creative Director for Sanctuary in Marshfield, avid geocacher, and wrangler of all sort of pets and family members.

May you fully embrace who you are and how you’ve been made.

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