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Sometimes, I just need my space.



Sometimes, I just need my space.

From the second I was introduced to the concept of introverts vs extroverts, I knew that I was an introvert. Always have been most probably always will be. I was always told I needed to participate more in class, I avoid any shows where audience participation is a possibility (or I at least make sure I'm sat at the back!), I always like to sit at the end of a row; whether that be on the bus, on the train, or in the theatre, I have a constant internal monologue going on inside this little brain of mine, and going 'out out' is mentally exhausting for me after a few hours.

And also, I love having my space. A day spent on my own, in the flat, with copious amounts of tea and a book or my laptop, is absolutely one of my favourite ways to spend a day. And if I'm honest, it's kinda necessary for me every once in a while.

But this doesn't mean I am, or that I get lonely. Far, far from it.

Spending time alone is mine, and most probably every other introverts way of re-charging. If I've had a busy week of social activities and events, then I'll try and make sure the weekend is mine, to spend some time, well... with myself and my thoughts.



I'll often go quiet in large groups, and if I'm feeling overwhelmed, I'll probably head off a little earlier than most. Because I sometimes just get to a point and I just need my space. Especially if I'm with people that particularly drain me.

And see this, this is really hard to explain. I find some people are a lot more draining on my social battery than others. You'll find that I could spend hours and hours and hours in the company of my closest friends, being totally myself and have lovely and meaningful chats. Throw someone else in there and I could be totally done for and well, I'll then just need my space. It's not everyone though, I quite often meet people and I'm just comfortable with them. People who I could chat to for hours and never feel awkward or that I need to leave their company.

As a hobby, blogging was practically made for me. Writing and blogging is my outlet; I'm able to say things on here that I may struggle to explain to someone in person. Writing is something that I can do on my own, but I can also head to my favourite coffee shop and sit in a corner with a coffee and my laptop. Being around people but not actually having to interact if I don't want to, it's like an introverts bliss. But then, there are events and meet ups and there's the ability to create friendships too. It's the best of both worlds and I love it.



What I think I'm trying to say is that sometimes, I just need my space. I need to be alone for a little while and just be with...well, me. It's not because I'm trying to be anti-social or because I don't want to spend time with friends or family. I don't leave events or social gatherings early because I'm being miserable or grumpy. It all just sometimes gets a bit much and I need to be back in my own little safe place again for a while.

Do you guys know what I mean?

Soph

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  1. YES TO THIS! I totally am with you on this one - I love my space and my own time and love nothing more than a night snuggled in bed reading and writing blog posts. I lived in a house in second year of uni with six girls who just didn't understand that in the evenings I wanted to sit in bed and watch tv rather than sit with them and their constant chattering.. There was so much pressure! xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

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    1. A night snuggled in bed reading and writing blog posts is exactly what I'm doing now haha! I think that's one of the reasons I'm a little glad I've always just lived with one other person! xx

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    2. Same here - I've lived in houseshares and flatshares where people just couldn't respect that I'm an introvert who needs her own space. It was the same issue I had growing up as well. Now I just keep myself to myself.

      Chichi
      chichi-writes.blogspot.co.uk

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    3. I think a lot of people take introversion and the need for space as a personal attack on them and that is pathetic.

      Chichi
      chichi-writes.blogspot.co.uk

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  2. I totally get what you mean! I NEED time alone sometimes or else I can't think straight. I spend 90% of my time alone and I love it! Xx

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    1. Haha I know what you mean about not being able to think straight, Hol! It's like my alone time is how I process things a lot of the time! xx

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  3. Yes I know what you mean! I sit bang in the middle of the introvert/extrovert scale - but I certainly relish my time alone. Just like you, I can spend hours chatting with close friends but find bigger groups and new people just more tiring. Blogging has been great for me, I love being creative and being able to express my thoughts, while still having that opportunity for interaction.
    Jennifer x
    Ginevrella | Lifestyle Blog

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    1. I think we all relish time alone, sometimes. Like, even when I've spent time with my closest friends, sometimes getting home and just having a little peace can do wonders for me! x

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  4. I'm exactly the same, I love curling up with a good book and having the house to myself! xx

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  5. I'm exactly the same.. but it seems there is quite a lot of us :) so thats good!

    moremindfulyou.blogspot.com

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    1. It definitely does seem like there's a fair few of us! :) x

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  6. I totally get where you are coming from! I love spending time on my own and being with my own thoughts. I completely agree, just give me my laptop and I'm a happy bunny. I don't like being in larger groups as I don't feel like I can truly be myself. This post is just me all over.
    Also do you use the kit len to shot your photos or do you use another one?

    Dionne xoxo

    www.deedeelouise.com

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    1. I'm glad you can relate, Dionne! And, in this post I've used my 45mm lens. :)

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  7. I don't think I've ever related to a post so much in my life! Being alone is 100% my go-to and only way to re-charge. Lovely post, as always, Soph! :)

    www.lacyhill.com

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    1. Haha thank you, Lacy! I'm glad you liked it :) x

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  8. I completely get what you mean Sophie. I'm an introvert myself and the hardest part is explaining to people that sometimes I just want to be alone. It has nothing to do with them, but more to do with the fact that I need to re-charge and spend some time with myself. We all need space every now and then!

    Kathlyn | Kathlyn's Korner

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    1. Explaining it to others really can be the hardest part, I know what you mean there! We definitely do :)

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    2. I'm the same, sometimes I find it hard to tell people that I need to be alone but I just bite the bullet and do it anyway because my space and time alone are very important to me. Unfortunately, a lot of people don't seem to respect this - they take this as a personal attack and/or they think it's a bad reflection of who I am as a person.

      Chichi
      chichi-writes.blogspot.co.uk

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  9. I know exactly how you feel! Some people just drain the energy out of me while others I could spend hours with! It's vital for me to have some alone time to re-charge and I love that more people recognise this. It's ok to spend a night in with your favourite Netflix series or your favourite blogs rather than drinking and partying with complete strangers.

    Emma x
    emmasjoys.co.uk

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    1. I love that it's being recognised a lot more now, too. Exactly! It's all down to you and what you need to for yourself! x

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  10. Girl i know exactly how you feel! I defo need my alone time too esp when i feel uncomfortable in new settings/ crowds

    Ronnie
    www.veronicabizzarri.blogspot.co.uk
    xx

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  11. I can relate to this post SO MUCH. I'm not social unless the people are those I am really comfortable with...which is literally one or two people who I don't often see. Blogging is my way to be social I suppose? In regards to being online and interacting and getting along with like minded individuals!

    Meg | www.elmpetra.com

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    1. Thank you, Meg! Yeah, I think blogging is a lot of people's way to be social. I feel like it's a way for us to be, well, completely us? x

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  12. I can relate to everything you said. I know what you mean when you say some people drain you more than others, that's what I often experience too. Also, I noticed that some people are easier to talk to than others and those are usually the ones who drain me less x

    Sara’sChapters

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  13. I was nodding my head while reading this because you sounds so much like me. I love spending some time on my own more than anything, it's just great to do what you like without having anyone bothering you. I too go quiet in large groups...I hate speaking when loads of people are looking at me! and the way you described how blogging is made for you is EXACTLY how I feel!

    Sinéad | Dreaming Again

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    1. Oh, I'm so glad you can relate Sinead! I know exactly what you mean about being able to just do whatever you want without anyone bothering you. It's the best way to spend some time, sometimes, isn't it? :) x

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  14. I very much understand how you feel and what you mean! A lovely post, and pictures too. Xx Best wishes

    Keep Calm and start writing -
    www.23milly25.blogspot.co.uk

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  15. I totally understand - 100%! I am an introvert through and through and I need my own space and my time alone! I can spend time with my (small) group of friends for hours and hours on end because I feel happy and comfortable with them, but with most people I feel uncomfortable and guarded so I'd rather be on my own. Plus, I am not the type of person who needs company 24/7.

    Like you said, blogging is an introvert's bliss - it's so wonderful to be able to have a hobby where you don't need to be around people constantly. I recently started freelancing as well as it's absolute heaven - so much better than being stuck in a job full of people you are not close with.

    Chichi
    chichi-writes.blogspot.co.uk

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  16. This is literally me!! I honestly love being an introvert and being able to use my voice while blogging but getting the space I need to not have a nervous breakdown in public the could lead coffee overdoses and other bad decisions.

    Atira
    http:atirabe.com

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