Introversion is not a self-isolation.
It’s not something that one chooses to be.
It’s not something that one seeks.
It carries its own burdens.
You don’t get to make much friends.
You also don’t get to know how to keep them.
You get stuck somewhere, but you don’t know how to seek help.
You make mistakes, people get angry.
But you don’t know how to explain yourself.
All you thought was the right thing.
You meet someone, you avoid them.
They show interest in you, and you give them your attention.
You fall in love; it becomes a battle of judgement.
It’s your first time.
So you open up your heart, and finally say you’ve found someone.
It gets broken, and you sink in pain.
It gets all quiet.
You get to tell yourself never to fall in love again, but it’s not how it works
No one told you not to fall fast in love.
You sign up a social account. Nobody knows me here.
You get to follow people, some follow back.
And say you’ve got a sense of belonging.
Let me post something, you say.
But then, what will people think about me?
It’s the cautious you.
So you keep hitting the backspace and log out
No one told you that it’s a free world.
Your voice fades away.
You’ve finished school and your all grown up
Mama and Papa tell you that you have to craft your life
You get out of your cocoon and meet the world
It’s all hazy and frightening. Where do I start?
You make it to your first interview, and questions pin you down
You didn’t score the point on communication skills, and that call for a job doesn’t come in.
Maybe employment is not for me, you say.
You start to craft your life.
Too many dreams, too many opportunities to choose from
Maybe this, maybe that, will get me there
You scroll the web and find links to guide you
One by one you subscribe, and emails start coming in
You get to read them daily; man never runs out of options
The advices get immense, confusion kicks in
Your dreams, your hope start fading
It’s not long before…. you get lost in you.
Stress kicks in, I have to do something you say
You look at how far your friends have gone
Some are lost, some are like you, others are successful
You start living other people’s lives, emulate others, is what you’re told
But everything doesn’t work for you
No one told you,
The world is a stage; you have to play your role.
Many in the world may be like you
Some have found their purpose in life
Others have stepped out and made a difference
Others are changing the world
All you need is to listen to yourself
Remember, you don’t need a thousand candles to battle the darkness,
You just need to light one.