As a self proclaimed introvert I always find myself preferring the solitude of my fortress and immediate family. I am not exactly sure when I switched from being an extrovert to an introvert, (middle school I bet), but my adult life has been very introverted. Once you get to know me I am outspoken and crazy- but I hate being in situations where I feel pressured to be extroverted. So this quarantine has been an interesting social experiment answering those deep questions I have always asked myself.
When my kids were babies/toddlers I was a stay at home mom. At the time I longed for the environment of an office and the camaraderie of other adults. As I got back in the work force I thrived! I enjoyed hanging out with people after work and getting to have new experiences. As the years have rolled on I have missed those days of being home with my kids and watching them grow. These last few weeks of being home with them is the first time I have been able to spend this much time with them uninterrupted since they were 3 years and 18 months old. They are 11 and 9 now. It is crazy to see that in black and white!
I have been thriving at home- my home is cleaner and more peaceful. I have the ability to use my multi-focused approach to things to my advantage. I have enjoyed getting to teach my kids some real world knowledge like estimating, creating a budget, and how to write a proper sentence. We have also been able to cook, clean, bake, and cuddle together pretty much everyday. I have seen dramatic changes in all 3 of us and I can see the benefits already. Obviously this is not an ideal situation as there is an element of worry and fear behind all of it. Normally we would be outside, or visiting friends, or I would plan countless activities; this has taught me that I do not need to be super mom I just need to be present. They have also talked about how great it is having me home and around all the time.
I have been a (mostly) quiet observer on my social media and I see most people I know are not having the same experience. I am always curious about the psychology behind everything and find this time to be an interesting case study in humanity and society.
What have you been doing to cope with the forced isolation? How is your family doing with everyone home?
This topic on introverts in isolation was done in collaboration with The Pretty Peculiar blog- view her post here.