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My Need for Alone Time Is Not a Reflection on You

By | Kayla Mueller |

As an introvert, my need for alone time doesn’t mean I don’t value your company or I’m rejecting you.

One afternoon at work, I was sitting alone in the corner of my office kitchen, reading a book. I was on my lunch break, and as always, I was determined to not waste a single minute of it. It’s my one precious hour I get every day where I come as close as I possibly can to relaxing alone and recharging my energy.

As I was sitting there, I couldn’t help but overhear a couple of my coworkers talking about me at the next table. The only thing I heard clearly was, “She’s so quiet.”

That’s very true, as an introvert, I am quiet. They weren’t necessarily saying anything bad, and I believe their curiosity about me was innocent. That being said, it never ceases to amaze me how personally people take things — in particular, how I often choose to spend my lunch break (and other times) alone.

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