Let me begin by saying I appreciate you. It’s because of you that I choose to leave my comfort zone and try new things, I enjoy your carefree nature and often wish I could be more like you. However, no matter how comfortable I am around other people I still need to be alone. I like my space – I’m not throwing myself a pity party and I’m not blowing you off. I’m just recharging.
Interaction with other people drains me of my energy which is the opposite for you, a bubbly extrovert, who sources their energy directly from other people. When you thrive from socializing I am being sucked dry.
You won’t always be able to tell when my battery is low. I can even pass myself off as an outgoing extrovert in some cases however at the end of the day I will still feel like I ran a marathon. But some of the time when I’m running on empty I become short tempered and snap at you, it’s not personal and I do sincerely apologize – I’ve just reached the end of my rope and I don’t know how to say, “This is fun but I’d like to leave now” without hurting your feelings. I know it’s silly, I’m working on it.
So hear me out extrovert, I want to spend time with you but when I say, “It’s time for me to go home” or “No thanks, I don’t want to go” just understand that I’m doing us both a favor by taking care of myself.
We can absolutely make great friends though! We may make an unlikely pair but don’t let that discourage you from maintaining a relationship with an introvert, we balance each other out perfectly.