How I Found Freedom in Being Myself
I have always been a fairly quiet person. I’m not big on having the spotlight on me or on dominating a conversation. I’m a better listener I guess. This is a big characteristic of being an introvert. I like to listen and observe over speaking. When I do have something to say I like to think about it first and not blurt out the first thing that comes to mind.
When I was younger I didn’t know what the word “introvert” meant. I thought I was just shy, but I’m really not. I used to think that I needed to be more outgoing and talk more to be accepted and fit in. For some reason quiet people sometimes get the rap of being weird ha! I mean I am weird, but that’s not why I’m quiet LOL.
Once I began to understand my personality and figured out what an Introvert was and that I am very high on the scale of being one, I started to accept that this is just the way that I am and I actually have a lot to offer people. For example, people talk to me and confide in me, even random strangers. I guess people like to talk to people who actually listen and care. I pride myself on being one of those kinds of people.
I also try to consider all sides of a situation before I give my opinion about it. Sometimes I may have to tell someone to “let me think about it” just so I don’t say the wrong thing or commit to something just to flake on them later. I guess this can be seen as good and bad but I choose to think of it as a good thing.
I have learned to be myself in every situation. I don’t try to put on front for people. First of all it’s exhausting, second of all, I cannot make genuine connections with people if I am not being myself from the start. If I tried to pretend to be an extrovert in order to make friends, I may end up with a bunch of people in my life who expect me to go out every weekend and I AM NOT ABOUT THAT LIFE!
By being true to who I am I can develop authentic friendships and connections with people who understand and accept me for who I am just how I am. To me, that’s true freedom.
Gifts of Grace
3 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. 4 For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, 5 so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 6 Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; 7 if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; 8 the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.
How have you found freedom in being true to yourself?