What Is Normal? ...Fitting in.
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Alonna Shaw
April 2013
Writing
Contributor
Written by
Alonna Shaw
April 2013
Writing
I recently read “Quiet: The Power Of Introverts In A World That Can’t Stop Talking” by Susan Cain. She dives into both worlds, those of the extrovert and the introvert. Her words concerning introverts revealed what I thought were my secrets. I learned being an introvert is pretty normal. I wasn’t the only one who needs to recharge after being social. I’d hang out in bathrooms to get some quiet time, yet as an actress, I could summon the courage to face large audiences on stage. 
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As kids we longed to fit in with our classmates and be normal. If we weren't part of the accepted crowd—cheerleader, quarterback, class president—strange choices might drum up some attention. In junior high I once slept with dozens of wet braids in my hair so the next day at school it would be all puffed out and kinky instead of boring, straight blonde hair. It was picture day. Creating this strange choice for my exterior took up time I could’ve used doing something I enjoyed.
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I know, for me, when I was alone reading a book or exploring a previously unknown... (more)
 

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