I was a quiet kid. Actually, I am still sort of a quiet kid. I’ve always just preferred to keep to myself. Hanging out with me is comfortable and comforting. Talking to people is exhausting. Meeting new people. Talking on the phone. Being the center of attention. Hate. Hate. Most hate of all.
I know that that’s kind of hard to believe. Especially if you’ve met me, danced down Main Street with me or heard me threaten to good-naturedly kick people out of a bar. But it’s true nonetheless. You can thank lots of therapy and self-kindness for the fact that I can’t seem to keep my mouth shut and genuinely enjoy interacting with my fellow man.
Anyway, knowing that social situations make my skin crawl, it’s easy to see why I absolutely adore today’s “Something,” a series of fairy tales where the heroine is an introvert and is totally okay with it. There’s Cinderella, whose “curfew” is self-imposed. Briar Rose, who is a hard worker. Ariel, who’s more nerd than bombshell. And Snow White, who really just wants some peace.
I think the one I most relate to is Belle, whose story is extremely short and sweet and worth your attention even if you don’t click on any of the others.
I can’t quite explain why, but these stories are so empowering. Yea, I could be at a ball or at a bar. And yea, there’s a guy with a rose. And that’s nice and all, but, shit: sometimes I just want to curl up on the couch and read a book, you know? And there shouldn’t be anything wrong or weird about that.
These fabulous little stories were written by Sophie J. Kunze, who you should totally follow on the twitters. And keep an eye on her Introvert Fairy Tales blog because, seriously, I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.
Are you an introvert? Which “alone” princess do you most connect with? Let us know in the comments!