Dear Obnoxious People

Dear Obnoxious People,

Yes, I am an introvert. No, I'm not shy. No, I'm not stuck up. No, I'm not antisocial. I'm just listening. I'm just observing. I can't stand small talk... But I'll talk about life for hours. I'd rather be home with a close friend or two than among a crowd of acquaintances. Don't scold me in public. Don't embarrass me in public. Respect that I am reserved. And if I open myself up to you, know that means you're very special to me.

Sincerely, Go Away

I am what I am and have been for a long time. What I do and how I act is a reflection on me and me only, never anyone else. I don’t pull back (or seem to), do not forcefully engage, or seem distant because I want to but have to. If I don’t take moments to recharge and disengage when needed, my functionality becomes limited and creates havoc in my personal perspective towards my interpreted world which feels unmanageable when it shouldn’t. Continuous chaos and commotion are my naturally selected enemies. It drains my good “juices” within and reveals my character defects which become ugly and unintentionally hurtful to others. Time is my friend sometimes and my enemy at others. I don’t expect others to feel how I feel. All I ask is an understanding that I’m simply doing me when I need to and nothing else. Peace to us all for the greater good. ~ Wally Peterson