Random Thoughts

Last night I dreamed I’d moved to Russia, far north, not quite Siberia, but north. It was great and it snowed a lot. Unfortunately, Bear wasn’t in my dream so she didn’t get to enjoy the weather.

I’d been hired to teach English. I was surprised by this, but there it was. I had also been given temporary housing — a big, old house trailer from the 60s — and there was an enormous party going on there. There were also a lot of very interesting people and I found myself in conversations with them, particularly a couple of men, one of whom was a young medievalist who had a book he wanted to show me that required I go up three flights of stairs with no railing — but I went. I think that pretty well symbolized Iceland. Another guy was probably an iteration of one of my “great loves.” My big concern in the dream was not messing up his marriage — or, anyway, I wanted him to understand that I didn’t want to mess up his life in any way.

Godnose in real life I did enough numbers on that poor guy’s life…

Strange dream, but I woke up when Bear started barking, a real bark. Not the tonsillitis bark — imagine Bear barking like a Pomeranian — but a real Bear bark.

I have learned that I’ve written a thousand or so posts on this thing. More if you consider the OTHER blogs I have had in the interval — a blog about my move to Colorado, another about hiking. I don’t know what to do with all that stuff. I might actually reach the ceiling of the free plan and then what?

I’ve been thinking about the introversion/extroversion question. I don’t have any answers yet, but I plan to sequester myself alone in a quiet room and figure it out. When I do, I’ll write a post that presents it in smooth prose. I’m grateful for any thoughts you might have on that question — I’m beginning to think extroverts and introverts live in completely different universes. Comments?



11 thoughts on “Random Thoughts

  1. Being half extrovert and half introvert, I’d say we live on the same continent–but we need a passport and visa to visit each others’ realm. And the language barrier makes communication tricky.

  2. Your dreamland sure was interesting. A house trailer in Russia- that made me laugh. I’ve not thought much about introversion as opposed to extroversion. I’m more introverted since I’m not fond of company but I can readily socialize if the need arises. I just don’t like small talk and after a few minutes I’m ready to move on. I don’t like parties and have gone to less than three in my entire life. I’m not fond of crowds and get really dizzy in stores. I suppose I have a mental issue. 🙂

    • No, you sound like a pretty classic introvert. Funny how the stereotype of us introverts is that we’re shy and don’t like people, but that’s not true. It’s just crowds of people and small talk wear us out.

      • Glad you agree. I ‘ve never been sure but my son and daughter say that I’m eccentric. My daughter says I’m not like anyone that she has ever met. My ideas of fun is to be around animals, plants, birds, and nature. I love music but don’t go to concerts. I can’t tolerate church but consider myself Christian. I am loyal to a fault. 🙂

      • We live in a culture in which extroversion is considered “normal” so any introvert is immediately eccentric. One of the thoughts I’ve had on this subject lately is that while originality is a normal thing for an introvert, extroverts might not appreciate it as much because being different sets you apart from others and extroverts get their energy from social interaction. They don’t seem to think doing something just to hang out with people is strange or might involve unwelcome compromise. Like that whole thing of having a Superbowl party with a bunch of friends to watch a televised football game “with” most of the people in America does not sound like fun to me.

      • You have said it right. A super bowl party sounds awful to me and I’d rather go hungry for days in place of “hanging out” to watch football. Here in my city that is quite the thing to do since it’s big on college and pro football.

  3. I don’t know what I am, and Mr. Swiss says I am unpredictable in any case. That probably puts me in between, like the twilight thing. I talk in my sleep sometimes in two languages, does that make me a bilingual introvert. Just have to be sure that we understand each other when I am talking to myself.

  4. I think many of us are both … depending on situation and the age and stage of our life. I was very introverted as a kid, internally shy, but externally extroverted as a young adult … and now, much more introverted than extroverted … but it depends on what’s going on and who I’m with. Garry is an extrovert professionally, but privately, very introverted. Except with family, when he’s quite the bon vivant. Not so cut and dried around here.

    • It’s less a matter of behavior than it is how one gains energy. I’m definitely an introvert, but I taught more than 10,000 kids communication skills. I’m sure there degrees of extroversion and introversion, but there are some very telling traits, most of all the energy thing. Introversion doesn’t necessarily mean a person is shy, either. My experience in Europe with my very extroverted friend was an object lesson in the differences.

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