Milestones into Adulthood

Growing up I looked forward to achieving certain milestones, because it meant I was entering adulthood.  It seemed like it would take forever for me to get a driver’s license, finish high school, and get my own car.  I counted down the years for what seemed like eternity.

However, I achieved those milestones about thirty years ago.  It boggles my mind how much time has passed.  I am now watching my niece become an adult and she too has achieved those milestones.

It just doesn’t feel right.  It seems strange somehow.  Do you know what I mean?

 

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Best Things in Life…

What makes my life fun?  What are my favorite things?

  • Going to museums
  • Free concerts
  • Spending time with family and friends
  • Taking naps
  • Reading books
  • Getting cards in the mail
  • Off roading in my Jeep
  • Driving through the country
  • The smell of old books
  • Spending time in nature
  • Going to libraries
  • Going to bookstores
  • Being spontaneous
  • Sleeping on sheets fresh out of the dryer
  • Blogging
  • Walking through a park
  • Playing video games at an arcade
  • Making people laugh
  • Traveling
  • Watching animals play
  • Petting my dogs
  • Playing boardgames
  • Spending time alone
  • Netflix binging

How about you?  What makes you happy?

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Introvert Anxiety

I am an extreme introvert.  I could go days without talking to people and be very happy.  In fact, I really enjoy having days without human contact.

I am not anti-social, and I do enjoy being around people.  I just need that alone time to recharge my batteries.

When I am forced to interact with people all the time and I don’t get enough alone time, I become irritable and my anxiety levels increase drastically.  I actually feel agitated and it can even cause my depression symptoms to increase.

I try to explain this to people, but they don’t seem to understand.  They don’t realize how important it is for me to have time of personal isolation.  I don’t want to hurt people’s feelings, but I just need to be alone.

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Why I go Into the Woods

I go into the woods alone, to sit in silence and listen.  I hear birds singing, bugs chirping, and the wind rustling through the leaves.  I can smell the freshness in the air.  The longer I sit the more at peace I feel.  I am becoming one with the nature around me.  I feel a longing to connect with the animals that hide or scurry about.  I close my eyes, and let all the stress leave my body.  In that moment, all feels right with the world.  That’s why I go into the woods.