Introverts want this pandemic to be over with just as much as anyone else. We look forward to the day that rising infections, mounting deaths, and economic hardship precipitated by this terrible virus will be a thing of the past.
But to say we don't appreciate the perks and flexibility of being locked down would be a bald-faced lie.
For starters, introverts are more inclined to stay home than most, as it affords them the opportunity to devour their books, catch up on documentaries, and enjoy other solitary activities.
Now that, for the time being, many of us don't have to worry about getting stuck in traffic on our drive to work or waiting in line to get a table at a packed restaurant, it leaves us with more time for enriching activities at home.
Maybe we can finally launch that catering business or write that fiction novel we've been putting off for years.
Now, that isn't to say we aren't working harder than ever. The lines between work and leisure can easily become blurred in this arrangement, with some of us finding it difficult to disconnect after 5:00 as we normally would at the office.
Still, the perks of working from home are undeniable. We might be able to spend more time with our kids, sneak in a quick nap between meetings, or go for a stroll around the block 10 minutes before closing shop.
But if you were to ask introverts to name the single biggest benefit of quarantine, we'd probably say it's not having to deal as much with people (especially the difficult, toxic breed).
I speak of the ones who:
- Are always pestering us to talk more, saying we're "too quiet"
- Are unceasingly combative, always looking for something to quarrel over
- Engage in endless small talk, not letting others put a word in edgewise