I know it's easy to misunderstand me. Sometimes I come off as unapproachable or shy, and other times I'm outgoing and lively. And while it looks like I'm confident and love being around people, for the most part I'd rather stay home and be by myself. The misunderstanding have only grown more obvious now that I'm a parent, and the misconceptions I've had to deal with as an extroverted introvert mom are nothing if not exhausting.
Sometimes it's difficult to be the person my two children need me to be. For example, when there's a school function that requires my appearance and emphatic participation, I have to suck it up and live up to those expectations... even if I want to stay home, in bed, under the covers. The introvert in me usually wins out more often than not, and even though I can be personable and exciting when the situation calls for it.
It's easy to assume that someone who appears to be an extrovert doesn't need time or alone or would rather avoid large crowds. As human beings, we don't have the best track record of waiting to actually get to know someone before we make assumptions about them and their lives. But navigating the misconceptions of someone who is an extroverted introvert is exhausting, which is why I think it's important to talk about all the ways people are getting me wrong in the first place: