Monthly Archives: January 2012
The latest issue of TIME has an article titled The Upside of Being an Introvert; I’ve read similar stuff before, but the concept of being an introvert in a society dominated by extroverts is once again especially pertinent now that I’m about to uproot myself from my current workplace and move on to a new one.
Many of the ‘quirks’ described in the article apply to me. I don’t particularly like being around people just for company’s sake – I generally enjoy quick and efficient 10-minute lunches at work, occasionally mingling with whoever’s in the pantry (mostly other introverts, I suspect). I prefer working on assignments on my own without the hassle of collaborating with others, and dread tiresome lengthy meetings where it seems so very little gets done. Now that I’ve become relatively comfortable at my current workplace, why have I chosen to start over at a new one?
I don’t doubt that I’ll perform decently enough at the new place, but the thought of the social aspects involved with this does weary me somewhat. Is this the only way to rise, then, if I’m not content with simply waiting for a suitable position to open up wherever I’m working? Is this simply the price that an introvert with aspirations must pay?
Almost two weeks late now, but I suppose it’s better late than never? It’s been a period of full of change and transitions; keeping in line with that theme, I’ve moved back to Blogger.
(Well, actually I’d started experimenting with using it for my classes this year and found that I really like the new dynamic views option (here it is in action on my old blog from York days), so here I am, back again!)
The entire year has been one of change – starting with living in a new place (with the in-laws). In the middle, a decision on whether to actively seek a position at another school. Towards the end of the year came home ownership and the task of doing it up. Yet another residential move, probably a more permanent one this time.
Even in early 2012, I’m still feeling the effects of these changes – I come back to a (rather bare but still homey) new flat every day, I’ve been saddled with more responsibilities at my current workplace in the final six months before I leave, and I’m faced with challenging (but probably rewarding) tasks at the next workplace come June.
It feels like a really exciting time ahead for me, and though I suspect I might eventually grow to miss the way things were, these days I can’t help but feel like I’m in a really good place this year!