What I Learned From The Guy In Gaucho Clown Pants
I don’t appreciate being pigeonholed, and I try not to do it to others, but honestly, as we all live and breathe, and the sun sets in the west, I’m an extrovert – right?
Ha! Not so fast.
I took a test back at one of those kookie workshops in the eighties, where the air was scented with sandalwood and body odor, and the leader was a fellow with grey dreadlocks and colored striped gaucho pants. Short Circus pants, really.
Since said test was administered toward the end of a loooooong day of chanting, drinking only carrot juice and nibbling on cacao covered coffee beans ( you can’t make this shit up, it was said to improve our “stamina”).
We were on a twenty-four hour, soul-searching quest to discover our true selves, using each other as mirrors, so I’m pretty sure all twenty people would have pegged me as an extrovert.
I can be a bossy pants, especially back then, when I was living my life as the Divine Masculine.
But the results of the test proved what I kinda suspected.
I’m a chatty, sensitive, loner, spotlight stealing, amalgamation of the two.
An Ambivert (which I thought he was making up, just like the validity of the cuisine he served; but it’s a real term).
Here are a few questions that can help you determine if you’re and introvert or extrovert:
Where do you gain or lose energy? (Crowds suck the life force right out of my husband. Me? Not so much.)
Introverts are drained by people and need alone time to recharge. (Only if I’m around the energy vampires)
Extroverts are drained by too much time alone. They need human interaction to recharge. (Ding, ding, ding, BINGO)
A smidgen of both? Welcome to the club.
See that beautifully enlightening graphic above?
It’s another one of those things that should be hanging in every schoolroom, outside every therapist’s office, in the bathrooms at Starbucks and taped to the front door of every party we attend.
Don’t you agree?
That’s just some common sense, good thinking…but I hadn’t thought of few of them.
Here are a couple corrected misconceptions:
Introverts aren’t just shy. They’re introverts. It’s about energy.
Extroverts aren’t necessarily the best sales people, as is often thought, they can be terrible listeners.
Give this some careful consideration. Maybe, in your haste to judgement, you mis categorized those close to you, and maybe even yourself. I know I did.
Let’s all take a moment of silence, and send some juicy gratitude to Gaucho Clown Pants Guy.
I love when you comment! Let me know. Are you an introvert, extrovert or Ambivert? Did you learn something from that graphic? I did!
With love, whispered from the rooftops,
*Another unsuspecting victim. Sorry Hillary. Happy Sunday!