This post was inspired by a very special blog called "Dance with me", specifically by the latest post called "Being an introvert".
I know the author of this blog personally. Geri lived in Vladimir, Russia, for a year. Besides many other things she did here, she was also one of the volunteer teachers in the English language club we held for underprivileged kids. She is a brilliant person, a great teacher, a wonderful dancer, and a gifted choreographer.
I am not an extreme introvert. In fact, I'm somewhere in the middle between an extravert and an introvert. That's how my introverted side shows itself: I love having a handful of close friends, because for me friends are not people with whom we just speak about weather or latest fashion trends, or other superficial stuff. I love reflecting on deep subjects and then writing down my observations in my diary or sharing them with a close friend over a cup of tea. I love being quiet in a group of people because it's interesting to know what others think and feel. I love being alone in my house and working on a new project. I love spending my time in silence, reading a good book, thinking, journaling, praying.
Now, the question is the following: does a freelancer absolutely have to be an extravert in order to be successful? I asked this question on Twitter and Facebook a few days ago and got one answer that yes, a freelancer has to be an extravert, and two replies from introverted freelance translators who feel very comfortable with what they are doing now. I tend to agree with those two freelancers: introverts CAN be successful freelancers. They are different, yes, but they have many unique traits that can help them become a real success.
Now I have to admit that I don't even know how to end this post. I guess I wrote it to make sure I am okay with my introverted part. Yes, I am okay with it. I love being an introvert, too =)