Anyone whos met me would swear up one side and down the other that I’m the most outgoing extroverted people-person you could ever meet. And as long as I was with one person I know well, that description fits me to a tee.
For a while.
See, I like people, but I MUST HAVE disappearing time to recharge. You’ll never see me doing a full day at the convention center. I can’t.
What’s it like being a people person who suddenly can’t be around people?
It’s like my nerve endings are exposed and the slightest movement will flay the skin from my bones. The voices are louder and louder and drown out every thought in my head except “GET OUT”. My fists clench, and it’s all I can do to keep from screaming.
I go to a quiet place, turn off tvs, radios, texts. Emails, and just relax.
I’ve been like this my whole life.
I know I’m not the only outgoing introvert here. Anyone else?
“I’ve spent my life trying to undo habits—especially habits of thinking. They narrow your interaction with the world. They’re the phrases that come easily to your mind, like: ‘I know what I think,’ or ‘I know what I like,’ or ‘I know what’s going to happen today.’ If you just replace ‘know’ with ‘don’t know,’ then you start to move into the unknown. And that’s where the interesting stuff happens.” ~ Lady in picture as seen on Humans of New York Facebook page
True learning happens in the unknown spaces when you change ‘I know’ to ‘I don’t know’.
‘I know what I think and I know what I know’ locks you in the closet of your beliefs. You’ve bolted the closet door against anything or anyone coming in.
‘I know what’s going to happen’ blocks you from the unexpected moments of life. Unless you’ve always done the same thing, do you really know what’s going to happen? Remember the beauty of being human – we don’t know what we’re going to do.
‘I know what I like’ narrows and constricts your world view down to predictability. You’ve settled to live life without a single opportunity to challenge yourself.
Open your mind to the possibilities and serendipity of the world. They’re what make life truly worth living.
Otherwise, you’re stuck. Content. Average. Repetitive. Boring.
I don’t know what I think.
I don’t know what’s going to happen.
I don’t know what I like.
My friend, Chief Learning Rebel Shannon Tipton (@stipton on Twitter), recently blogged about The Mystery of Inspiration.
Here is my real-life inspiration, typos and all, via a conversation Shannon and I are having on Twitter right now:
Me: It’s #DanceDay Friday….first up: Little Red Corvette by Prince.
Shannon: mind map to raspberry beret.
Me: mind map to 99 red ballons
Shannon: mind map to Red, Red Wine
Me: mind map to Heaven is a Place on Earth
Shannon: the ultimate mind map Stairway to Heaven
Shannon (she cheated and got in THREE while I was in a meeting….harrumph): mind map knocking on heavens door.
Shannon (yet again): Magic Carpet Ride
Me (finally my turn): We’ve Only Just Begun by Karen Carpenter #MindMapSongs