I recently read an article about how nature brings out the best in introverts. Being one myself I can attest to this.
Many a day I've spent walking the paths in our woods picking up broken branches, cutting back protruding bushes, and pulling vines before they could wrap themselves around tender new trees.
My woods have become a place of solace for me, away from the disturbing world, away from social encounters that make me uncomfortable because of my need to process my world differently than extroverts do.
The article listed five ways in which nature brings out the best in me:
- It gives me the space I need to process
- Science says so
- I get to step away and unplug
- It inspires my creativity
- It's a great way to be out in the world
The article states that introverts "have no qualms about doing things alone, like traveling solo or heading out for a day by ourselves. We enjoy the freedom that comes with letting the day unfold as it may, knowing we don't have to keep up constant conversation or worry about whether someone else is bored."
Being an introvert, however, can make life harder if you are also an HSP--a highly-sensitive person. I'm often misunderstood by others who do not have the same bent.
As a child I was told I was "too sensitive" so I never learned to have self-confidence. I thought there was something wrong with the way I was, but try as I might I could not be any different.
Studies now have shown that HSPs have a genetic component making them physically and emotionally more sensitive than 80% of the population. Finding out I wasn't TOO sensitive, but rather HIGHLY sensitive did a great deal in helping me accept myself as I am.
Learning to love and appreciate one's own differentness is part of our contribution to the world. It enables us to put ourselves "out there" even when we are an introvert.
To read the entire article on how nature brings out the best in introverts go HERE. If you want to learn more about what it means to be a highly-sensitive person (HSP), read THIS.
Watch the video that goes with the music I linked to at the top of this post....."Early in the Morning" by Peder B. Helland: