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Thursday's Writer's Prompt
With Mama Kat
With Mama Kat
Since last week I chose the prompt: Lessons I've Learned from an Introvert, I chose prompt #1-
Lessons I've Learned from an Extrovert
When I told my husband about this topic, he asked "So, what have you learned from yourself?"
Har-de-har-har. Believe it or not, I actually do know people who are more extroverted than I am. Not many...but I do. Still, here are a few things that YOU could learn from ME- an extrovert.
1. If you have something of value to say, say it.
~Extroverts don't hesitate to say what they're thinking. This is scary for a lot of people. They may be afraid of confrontation, or worry that they might be wrong. A lot of people don't like to rock the boat, and strong opinions do that. The truth is, though, if YOU are thinking it, many others are thinking it too. There is always going to be SOMEONE who sees your point of view.
2. You don't have to be drunk to let your guard down.
~ Extroverts don't have trouble letting go of their inhibitions. It's totally okay to dance in your kitchen by yourself, sing very badly in the shower, or to get up and sing Harvey Danger's Flagpole Sitta at the top of your lungs when you're at a Karaoke bar. You might be embarrassed, you might be nervous. No one else cares. Really. When they leave tonight, you will never enter their thoughts again.
3. Confidence is Key
~Extroverts have TONS of confidence. In themselves, as well as in people they love. Sometimes, the difference between getting a job/role/a warning instead of a speeding ticket is confidence...and probably a little fast talking. I'm not good at the fast talking myself, but I'm really good at stealing the spotlight. I get their attention, they give me what I want. In essence, follow the Nike logo. "Just Do It"- if there's something you want badly, don't chicken out. Go for it.
4. What you see is what you get.
~Most extroverts don't have very many secrets. They wear their hearts on their sleeves, say it like it is, and generally don't sugar coat things. In a friendship, you know an extrovert will never lie to you. Your boyfriend's a stupid-head? She's not going to tell you otherwise. In a romantic relationship, the extrovert is most likely to be the first one to say the "L" word. Always know though, that extrovert or not, they are still vulnerable. They're not invincible or overly carefree. Try putting yourself out there- even if it's just a little bit. You might be surprised at how opening yourself up can get others to open up too.
5. Sometimes, it's okay to trust a complete stranger.
~It's not uncommon to find an extrovert chatting it up with someone they don't know- in the isle of a grocery store, on a plane, in a waiting room. Once, I made friends with my phlebotomist because I opened up and spilled my guts. We connected, and 3 years later, she's still a great, trusted friend of mine. Don't spill it all. Awkwardness doesn't make lasting friends- it makes you creepy. But it's okay to admit to your hairdresser that your kids drive you crazy sometimes, and two days ago, your 3 year old said the worst of bad words in front of his grandmother...when you give people a chance to identify with you on levels that most people can easily understand, you'll find a whole world full of friends.
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