All my life I didn’t understand why I was terribly drained after being among people for long. I’ve always preferred silence and solitude over large groups of people and big parties. I’ve always needed a lot of time alone for myself and never felt bored or lonely. I thought I was the only one on the whole planet who felt like that.

Since finding out about introversion through Susan Cain’s TED Talk, I finally have the courage to tell people when I need to be alone for a while. I feel much more comfortable about it. Now that I understand my own nature, I have inner peace.

There’s nothing better than coming home from a difficult, draining day and being embraced by silence and calm.