It is time for the final push to get ready for the upcoming Rotary year. I am amazingly busy and excited all at the same time. Naturally this means that I am interacting more with all types of members right now. Of course this is wonderful but the quantities of interaction are infinitely greater than the comfort level for any introvert. I am an INTJ. Most people getting ready to start this Rotary job would be overwhelmed with the workload. I don’t view that as my weak spot. It is the social spotlight that makes me uncomfortable.
I realize that most people don’t know or wouldn’t peg me as an introvert. I have three topics that I tend to talk that are safely within my comfort zone: Rotary, work and dogs. I have noticed that as a result of the number of meetings I am having, I am beginning to show some of the introvert tendencies even when talking about these “comfortable” subjects. I can not choose my words as comfortably so I stumble upon my own vocabulary, I repeat myself and then after the meeting, I hone in on some small trip up and think about how unsophisticated I look for about two hours. Typical introvert behavior. Feels awful.
Now isn’t the time to slow it down. Now is the time for me to have more meetings. Some of these meetings are for me to just get to know people better. Most of the people that I spend time with are like meeting old friends. They are both interesting and wonderful! But it still overloads my introvert mind.
I hate perpetually feeling awkward. I am currently working with a fellow Rotarian that is also an introvert on a new project. This person has channelled their talents into creating something special for this new project. This effort takes infinite hours and will serve as a powerful and compelling tool for this project. I understand the level of satisfaction that comes from this type of work as I am doing some of these things too however I have to find the balance between this behind the scenes time and the out in the public time. Right now I think I have to accept awkward as the new normal. It will probably slow down a bit around mid July, early August. Until then, I need to breathe and slow down more in conversation. These people are my friends. This is a volunteer job that I means a lot to me. I have one shot at doing a great job but I wish for just a few months, I could be an extrovert. The extroverts that I know thrive in these environments. Time to take a few cues from an extrovert.