Friday, 14 April 2017

To play outside or not to play outside, that is the question.

The other day I was talking to a friend. This friend is very extroverted and once you get him at a party you will have a lot of trouble pulling him out of there as he gets more and more energised from  socialising with the people around him.

We were talking about a particular weekend and I mentioned that it was nice weather.

"What did you do?"

"I spent the day writing the blog and coming up with other ideas for future blog posts."

"Why didn't you go outside?"

"As I said, I was concentrating on writing my blog and doing some research for it."

"You should of gone outside."


"Because it was beautiful weather."

"What's that got to do with the price of fish?"

"You should have been outside and playing in the park."

"Well, firstly, I'm too big for the swings and maybe the other children might have kicked me off the slide."

"Seriously, you should have gone outside."

I still don't know why I should have gone outside but I thought I had a particularly productive day. Other people begged to differ.

Is this an introvert/extrovert thing?

When the weather is good the extrovert has to get outside, to do something, to do anything. It feels to him or her that if he or she is not socialising outside either with other people or with nature then it is a waste of a day.

An introvert on the other hand will go outside when they feel like it and that doesn't have anything to do with the state of the weather. Just because it is beautifully sunny outside doesn't mean to an introvert that they should go outside. Maybe they had an energy sapping party the night before and they just want to relax at home with the television or computer. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that

I'm told at the gym that I should listen to my body and that I should know when to rest and when to exercise. Listen to yourself as an introvert. Know when it is time to socialise and when it is time to stay at home with a book or a good blog post from this guy. Don't be dictated to by the weather or other people. Know who you are and act accordingly.

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