Yes, you heard me right: Extrovert Episode. You’ve probably not heard that phrase before, because I just made it up. But if you’re an introvert, you’ll immediately understand what I mean by it. It’s meant to describe those times when we introverts become unusually outgoing and involved with other people. We all experience this — sometimes for a short time (a few hours) and sometimes for longer. I’m in the midst of one of the longest extrovert episodes I’ve ever had, and I find myself thinking about what prompted me to reach out to the world this time.
I think it’s because in the past couple of years I’ve developed relationships with a small group of really interesting people who accept me for who I am. Many of these friendships began as a result of this blog, and I’m so glad I nudged myself beyond my usual comfort zone to open up about my life. I’ve been able to help other highly-sensitive people learn about themselves and how to cope with our always-doing-something-busy-busy-busy society. I’ve also connected with other people who love birds and nature as much as I do. Both of these groups of people have enriched my life in various ways, and I’ve been surprised to see how much overlap there is between the two. Maybe that’s part of the reason I feel so fulfilled by these friendships, because I’m connecting more often on a deeper level with people who share my outlook on the world. One of the most basic human needs is to be understood and appreciated by others, and I’m extremely grateful that I’ve started feeling some of that, finally. Every single person who has taken the time to get to know the real me–and allow me to know them better–has helped give me courage to stay “out here” in the world.
In just a few days I’m off to Ohio for the Biggest Week in American Birding (BWIAB). I hope to do a few brief posts while I’m there, giving you a taste of the beautiful birds and the birder festivities as we celebrate the amazing spectacle of spring migration. My husband will be there part of the time, but I’ll be there the entire length of the festival, from May 6-15. I hope I’m not overdoing it with too much enthusiasm — I might have to sleep for a week when I get home!
I’m not taking as many workshops as I have in past years, but I’m proud of myself for signing up for a Field Sketching workshop to learn how to enhance my nature journaling with simple drawings of birds, leaves, butterflies, and other pretties. Did you know that you learn better when you draw something? I’m curious to see if that will work for me. I’m a bit nervous about this workshop because I’ve never been able to draw a realistic depiction of anything before. I’m hoping I can keep myself from getting frustrated and just relax and do my best without worrying about what other people think of my drawings. Kelly Riccetti of Red and the Peanut will be our instructor. She’s a talented artist, as well as one of our blog team members for this year’s festival, and this will be my first time to meet her. Will I be brave enough to show you what I draw in that workshop? I wouldn’t count on it, but we’ll see. In the meantime, enjoy my little bird doodle.