I have to admit that from time to time I go MIA. For years I’ve had friends ask me curiously “Where have you been?” “I’ve sent texts, emails and left voice messages.” “Are you ok?”.
Yes, I’m ok – I’m more than ok, it’s just that as an introvert and an empath I find myself getting to a point of overload in certain situations. That’s when I retreat into my shell – the safety and silence of my home to recharge my batteries, my spiritual practices of meditation, bubble baths and silence to get back on track and realign my self. I grew up in a small town with a slow pace of living, the most rushed I ever felt was trying to get the farm animals fed before heading to school. I lived in Houston for years and always felt a bit on edge. I did eventually find a small apartment near the city park which offered a refuge of trees and wooded paths that I would spend time in to alleviate the stress of the city.
Holidays seem to be the worst time of the year, what with endless lists of things to do and places to go. I can handle the lists, but the sensory overload of decorations in the stores and on the streets and everything seeming to bombard me all at once. I go MIA. And I have to admit I don’t always seem to choose the best times for my personal retreats. But it’s my coping mechanism and until I find a better way or until I adapt to the crazy full tilt world around me – it’s what I will continue to do when I feel overwhelmed.
I would rather be MIA on occasion than be living in frustration and in the feeling that I am overwhelmed and out of control. If you’re an introvert who gets overwhelmed please share your ways of coping and getting centered.
If you’re a family member or a friend of an introvert/sensitive person – give us some slack and know that we will come back to the world and be a better person when we do for having taken our time out.