a few things i wish more people understood about yours truly

so most people get to know me pretty quickly and easily. I wouldn't consider myself that hard to figure out, and even though a lot of people think of me as more of an "introvert" or whatever, I'm not as hard to understand as tumblr and pinterest would make me out to be.

which actually kind of leads me to the first point on what, I promise you, will be a super brief and hopefully entertaining list of things I wish people understood about me better.

one. i'm not an introvert. But then I'm not an extrovert either. I think because I'm a writer, this picture sort of gets painted that "wow, she's all like quiet tea in a corner with seventeen cats and quill pens and secret smiles like the mona lisa that will never be explained". Umm...no. I'm actually an extremely talkative person. I adore long conversations, I love being around people, I love lively atmospheres. I love being active and doing things that challenge me and traveling and meeting new people. I love meeting new people. But then, yeah, I also get into times where I need quiet, isolated by myself time. I like tea, but I like coffee better. So there.

two. i was home schooled. and yes, i have friends. This one drives me up a wall, folks. Every. Single. Time. Because I actually know more people and have more friends than anyone that I know. Like, I'm not even kidding. Between work, internships, and my personal life, I know and hang out with a *lot* of people. So when I tell someone that I was home schooled, and then the next thing they ask me is "do you have any friends?" ...yeah. Hit me over the head with a frying pan. Gets me every time.

three. i'm talking because i want you to talk. Like, I have a lot of friends who are more quiet and thoughtful-- which I am too, don't get me wrong, but I also talk a lot if I know you well. So sometimes, in person or skype calls or whatever, I end up being the one kind of leading the conversation along. This is not because I want to dictate the conversation, or because I'm a loud mouth, or because I just want to talk about what I want to talk about. I'm actually just kind of talking because I want everyone else to talk, so I try to pop some interesting topics and ideas into the mix to get everyone going, because I adore listening to other people talk. Like, I wanna hear you talk about your life and what's going on with you and what you had for breakfast and what your favorite NOVA episode is. I really do. So I'm trying to get that started.

four. i'm not hanging on you. So, I'm actually super touch oriented. I love hanging out in person, I love hugging people I'm close to, family, friends, etc. Not like in a weird way, like I'm not a leech. My dad would explain it like, I just like walking over to someone and putting my arms around them and "hanging" on them. But I'm not hanging on you, I just love you so I want to hug you. Does that make sense? Am I alone in the world? Putting your hands on someone's shoulders if you're walking up behind them, touching someone as you walk past them, hugging someone for literally no reason, that kind of thing? I just love humans is all. No biggie.

five. i'm a writer, but i'm not a grammar nazi, a snob, a bookworm, or a hermit. I leave my house, I don't talk to myself (...okay, FINE. It happens sometimes. Happy?), I don't quote Shakespeare and I don't talk like Shakespeare. Yeah I drink tea and like classical music, but not all the time. And if you wanna just drink some starbucks and blast some Lorde or Imagine Dragons? I'm totally cool with that. I don't look down my nose at the world below, I don't really care how your grammar is, I'm not constantly on writing websites, and I don't dissect movie and book plots. Well, not all the time anyway.

six. i'm not in college. le gasp, I know. So startling and crazy-- quick. Quarantine me before I infect the world with my total madness. There was born somewhere along the line this myth that "everybody needs to go to college or else you will have no job ever and make no money ever and life as you know it will be hell on earth." I say, if you want to have a career which requires a degree, and you're willing to work for that? Then go for it! Power to you! That's awesome! But if you don't know what you want to do, don't feel like you have to go to college just to make other people happy. It's not worth it. I'm not in college because I what I'm drawn to doing with my life doesn't need a degree to get me there. I'm not lazy, and I'm not an idiot, and yes, I do know what I'm talking about. Peace out bruh. Just don't let life get like my favorite Will Smith quote: we spend money that we do not have, on things we do not need, to impress people who do not care. Whatever you do, and however you end up there, make sure you're doing what you love. What you're passionate about. That's freaking important.

seven. i love hanging out with kids. Literally, way more than I like hanging out with adults. Kids are so cool and they don't care about image and all of that crap. And they're just genuine and real. And they're super trusting, and they ask really funny questions. Like the seven year old who recently asked me if I was a grown-up. And I literally had to stop and think about it for a second. Not even lying. And my answer was like "umm...yeah..?". I'm actually not a grown up, I lied to the poor kid. I'm actually a child-- a silly, often ridiculous child. I'm pretty sure I'll always be that, too. So get used to it. (;

eight. i'm not an opinionless doormat even though i sometimes act like i am. And I really appreciate it when people can see that I have a hard time with this and try and drag my true feelings about stuff out of me. This is why I love knowing people that I know in my heart of hearts I can trust-- like really, really trust. Because I know I won't be bullied. And that if I tell you how I feel you won't use it to hurt me. Which I guess would also be one of the reasons why I love my close friends to little bits and pieces. Because they don't use that to their advantage.

and I feel like their should be a nine and ten, because there always is, but I got nothing. Haha. So ya'll can just live with eight. I guess I could have said that no one understands why I like Star Trek as much as I do. But that's really, really pointless.

So lets just make this one of those tag deals. Tell me something about you in the comments. (:



  1. This is actually such a cool idea! :) ummm something about me. Hm. The homeschool thing always gets me, too. Mostly I guess I wish people would think before they speak, because I may talk a lot but I hear you, too...and I may not look it, but I'm totally sensitive. :p

  2. Good post! I totally get the introvert-extrovert thing. And guiding conversations . . . yes! I do that too, and it's frustrating when people don't do their part in response.

    Personally? I dislike small talk, don't have an expressive face, and look quite aloof when I'm absorbed in my own thoughts (which is often). Put all that together, and people often think I'm less friendly or enthusiastic than I actually am.

  3. This list is great and I feel that I can relate to you on so many levels.

    As for me? I don't think anyone will ever fully understand me. My personality is complicated and unexplained and changes daily. What I do know though is that I love relationships. I love having someone to talk to or even just be present with. We don't have to talk if that's a burden. Im not a huge fan of being alone. As an only child, I was alone too much growing up so now I find that I need to be with people. If I'm not with people, I'm home taking photos or dancing like noone is watching but dreaming that someone was watching so they could see how fun I actually am.

    ...I feel like that was too much to share but I don't really mind. You asked :)

  4. Go you!! This is really cool. :)

  5. I seriously enjoyed this. 4 is interesting - I know some people like that. I love that. I'm personally not like that but I appreciate touch so from the right people, it's nice.


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