I haven’t decided if this is a sign of just being an introvert, or just a sign that I still have so far to go when it comes to interacting with people. I mean, I know being an introvert means that being social and being around people is work, and even though I enjoy it, it has a tendency to make me very tired after too much. But this past week, I had quite a few social events, meetings at night, a concert, hokey game, and a birthday party for my wife, and after all of that, I simply felt burned out. I couldn’t even really muster up the mental energy to be a good husband, and interact with my wife the way I normally do, and that’s usually not something that takes any work. I was just completely off my game, and really even though I’ve gotten a bit better the past couple of days, I’m still very irritable and my mind seems to be elsewhere at times.
I’ve tried to simply make time for myself and do my own thing to try and “rest” from being social, but it shouldn’t take this long. I can’t meet my goals for myself in terms of learning to be a better friend, husband, etc. if I have to take a week off every time I spend too much time with other people. I’m introverted, yes, but I need to discover what sort of activities will help replenish my social energy quicker than what I’m doing now. I don’t know what those are just yet, but it’s time to do some experimenting and figure it out.