“Just because I am not talking doesn’t mean I’m in a bad mood. Sometimes, I just like being quiet.”
Being the quiet one in a loud family, is not easy. At times it can be mistaken as, “she’s in a bad mood.” The majority of times, though, I’m just taking it all in. Listening to the conversations, processing the information, and observing how everyone is interacting. I like to think of myself as a people watcher. There is so much more one learns about people, simply by observing and listening.
At other times, my quietness signals that I’m overwhelmed and need some alone time. I really enjoy being around others, but it comes at a price. Unfortunately it leaves me totally drained.: (
For those of you who have a loved one dealing with what I’ve just described, patience is key. It doesn’t mean they don’t like your company or they don’t like having fun with friends. They do, but in small doses and in a smaller group. For those of you who are dealing with this yourself; know your limits. Don’t worry about what others are gonna think if you have to step away. This was (still is) the hardest part for me. The important thing is that you take care of yourself emotionally.
It’s for the sake of your sanity!