I would definitely say that I am an introvert – I recharge by being alone and am often unsure of myself in public (yay social anxiety!) This is the story of a journey; there were trials and tribulations, but in the end the princess learned a valuable lesson.
This past Sunday, the day was not off to a great start. I was moody and sad but I had plans to go downtown to a food truck rodeo with my friend, so I put on my big girl pants and headed out.
Wow. What a shock to the senses! The streets were lined with about 50 food trucks and approximately 1 million people. After scooting around the park and streets to scope out the shortest lines and the best smelling trucks, we settled on Wandering Moose. We waited in line for 33 minutes to get our Moose Cubano’s (worth it – pulled pork is my weakness). I also happened to see 6 people that I knew from my early school years. I might have ducked my head to hide once, but I also exchanged numbers with people from high school and ran into my brothers friend who I haven’t seen since he almost burned us all with a fire cracker when I was 11. A jam packed day for an introvert.
But you know what? It turned out to be a pretty great day. I ended up at a quite bar, sitting outside with two of my best friends and a girl I went to elementary with. We caught up, had interesting conversation and I felt relaxed and happy. It was a complete 180 from how I started the day.
In the end, the princess learned that not all social interaction has to be nerve wracking. She got past her aversion to reconnecting with people from the past and realized maybe it isn’t always so bad living in the city you grew up in. Of course, she already knew all of this, being a princess who has had many life experiences. But it is always good to have a refresher.