I am a voice for introverts who cannot speak up for themselves. We make up at least half of the population and yet introversion is still considered a “negative” character trait in Western culture.

In all my years of experiencing, growing, learning, and understanding, I have come to live by these truths:
I enjoy being alone the majority of my time. Though this is difficult by many social standards, it is a lifestyle worth fighting for. I know now that balance can be achieved easily by a solitary lifestyle. There are many different ways to connect that don’t involve living with another person.
However, should the time come that I might want or need to live with another person again, I will find constructive ways to keep equilibrium.

I value how I spend my time, almost down to the minute. Although I am sure this can be trying to others, it has come to be one of the best ways I can maintain contentedness in my life. It is wonderful not to watch TV I don’t want to watch “just because,” and to spend extra time writing while ignoring other things.
I know and accept now that I cannot take care of living plants unless there is a purpose in growing them. For example: Cacti die within six months, but lettuce might reach full maturation if I planted it during the right time of the year.

I understand now the value of “growing up,” and how awesome it has been. I used to say: “I will never grow up.” Growing up has allowed me to create the best life for myself and live in these truths without question. Growing up has allowed me to stand up for what I want and need while also conceding what is less important for those I care about.

I am here to feel things, write my stories, give presence to my passions, and attempt to remind others to stop procrastinating with theirs.

I am allowing myself to feel lost, confused, alone, and wanting.
I am allowing myself to explore the deepest corners of my brain, but I must take breadcrumbs in case it gets scary and I have to travel backwards for a deep breath.

I am allowing myself to keep crushes, even though they are confusing and torturous and cause out-of-character ambiguity about my purpose.
I am allowing myself to ___ (fill blank with any future hesitance).

I will continually act impulsively in important situations and life-making decisions.
I will not regret.
I will NOT settle.
I will not apologize for my behavior.
I will live my life the way I see fit.
I will create even when no one is interested in the product.
I will provide inspiration and encouragement to anyone who seeks it.
I will stand up for myself and that which I believe.
I will change my beliefs as frequently and entirely as I please.

I have endured.
I will continue to endure.
I will wait for the words to come, because I know that when they do they will light a fire.