We introverts may not be the life of the party, but that doesn’t mean we have to miss out on fun and meaningful opportunities.
Introverts tend to be thoughtful, analytical people who listen to both sides of a story with empathy. This ability can make us great therapists and counselors, the perfect partners in any team sport, and an amazing friend when you need to discuss how you feel about something and hear a clear and unbiased opinion.
However, introverts are often misunderstood and criticized for their quiet nature. Yet, as an introvert myself, I know how wonderful the life of an introvert can be.
Being an introvert certainly has its perks. We’re able to recharge by being alone, we’re usually very thoughtful, and we have great listening skills.
Being an introvert also doesn’t mean we have to stay home all the time. In fact, there are plenty of things that every introvert should do in their lifetime.
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5 Things We Should Do in Our Lifetime as Introverts
1. Volunteer — it not only helps others, but it also gets you out of your (overthinking) head.
Volunteering is a great way to get involved in your community and help others. It can also be a great way to meet new people and make new friends. As Susan Cain says, introverts should look for “passions rather than friends.”
There are many different types of volunteer opportunities available. You can volunteer at a local food bank, help clean up your local park, or care for cats and dogs at a local animal shelter or hospital.
Volunteering is a great way to get out of your comfort zone and to socialize with new people as an introvert. Yes, I know it may be hard, but it’ll be fun, too (I promise!). It can also be a great way to learn new skills and gain new experiences. Plus, it gets you out of your (overthinking) head so you can focus on the present moment.
2. Go on a solo trip — you get to decide what to do, and when!
There are many benefits to taking a solo trip, especially for introverts. When you travel alone, you can do whatever you want without having to compromise with anyone else. You can also take your time and go at your own pace without feeling pressure to keep up with others (which can cause even more stress and overstimulation).
Solo travel can also be a great opportunity for introverts to practice social skills. When you’re on your own, you have to talk to people in order to get by, such as booking a tour or asking for a restaurant recommendation. This can be a great way to overcome shyness and build confidence. (Of course, you can speak as much, or as little, as you’d like.)
Finally, traveling alone can help you better appreciate your own company. As introverts, we love our own company, so solo travel can be a great way to reconnect with yourself. It can also help you learn more about who you are and what you want out of life. (Some years ago, it helped me when I was just starting out as a quirky, introverted kid.)
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3. Take a chance on doing something unusual or out of the ordinary.
There are so many things in life that we miss out on because we may be afraid to try something new. If you’re an introvert, it’s important to push yourself out of your comfort zone every once in a while.
One of the best ways to step out of your comfort zone is to take a chance on something unusual. It could be anything from skydiving to attending a concert alone.
Whatever it is, make sure it’s something that scares you a little bit. Doing something new and exciting will not only help you overcome your fears, but it will also give you a sense of accomplishment.
It’s also important to remember that it’s not just about physical challenges. You can challenge yourself mentally by doing something that requires you to use your brain, like learning a new language.The more challenges you take on, the better, and the more confident, you will become.
When you’re confident in who you are, and what you’re capable of, people will notice. They’ll see the difference in how you act and relate to them. Even if they don’t notice it right away, your confidence will make a difference in every area of your life.
4. Make meaningful connections with others, which is where introverts shine.
As an introvert, it’s important to make meaningful connections with people in your life. This could mean spending time with close friends, family members, or coworkers. It’s important to find ways to connect with others that are comfortable for you.
For some introverts, this may mean talking online or through text messages. Others may prefer one-on-one conversations. Whatever works for you, make sure to reach out and connect with others on a regular basis. After all, we introverts value deep, meaningful conversations much more than surface-level ones. So find those who prefer the former also.
5. Take advantage of all the benefits that come with being an introvert.
Being an introvert doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all the fun. One of the most important things is to be yourself. It’s okay to be introverted, and there’s no need to try to be someone you’re not. Embrace your introverted side and use it to your advantage, whether that’s having a heart-to-heart with a friend or completing the final details for your upcoming travel itinerary.
Another thing you can do is find ways to socialize that work for you. Introverts often prefer one-on-one conversations or smaller groups rather than large parties. That’s perfectly fine. There are plenty of ways to socialize that don’t involve being in a big group. Find the ones that are best for you, and the most introvert-friendly, and stick to them.
Also, indulge in activities such as reading, writing, hiking, biking, and more. Solo activities can be incredibly rewarding and help you recharge.
Introverts Still Like to Have ‘Fun’… But in an Introverted Way
Introverts are often misunderstood. We’re not necessarily shy; we’re just (usually) not the life of the party. We prefer quality over quantity when it comes to friends and we like to stay in more than go out, for that’s how we get our energy. That doesn’t mean we don’t like to have fun — we just like to have fun on our terms, and this may be different than the way extroverts have “fun.”
There are so many things that we, as introverts, can do in our lifetime to embrace our temperament and live fulfilling lives. I hope this list has inspired you to try out new things and step outside of your comfort zone… I’m talking from time-to-time, not all the time!
Remember, there is no one way to live a fulfilling life — it’s all about finding what works best for you. So go out there and start crossing off items on your introvert bucket list. I know I will…
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