With 4 girls we are bound to have some conflicting personalities in our house.
The girls are all are vastly different ranging from outgoing, sociable and the life of the party, to emotional, vocal and infuriating at times and one that is extremely stubborn to the point that I am constantly pulling my hair out!!
She is my oldest and at 17 loves reading, studying and is more than content with herself for company. She is far too serious for her age and she often has me worrying that she is not being social enough with her friends or going out enough…
She is in the final stages of year 12 and we are starting to get down to the business end. She only has one term left and then all the fun starts with her final exams.
The tension is mounting and the pressure is on to obtain that all important ATAR that will allow her to pursue her dreams. Dedication to her studies is not the problem, but ensuring she maintains some sort of healthy balance in her life certainly is.
She has lots of friends, is well liked and fortunately she has had no history of bullying throughout her school life, she is just an introvert. Miss M is very studious, she regularly tops her classes at school, has a great part time job, but try to get her to take a leap out of her comfort zone and you have no chance!
She is a very fierce and loyal friend, but doesn’t suffer fools lightly. If you are one of her close friends then you truly are very lucky, because she doesn’t just let anyone in.
She prefers to surround herself with just a few close friends rather than a whole gaggle of girls.
I have heard all about the horrid teenage years filled with rebellion and angst and I have to say, I just have not experienced that yet…mind you I still have 3 girls to go and Miss E is showing lots of potential in this area!
According to the website ivillage Australia an introvert can be very successful throughout life.
Some celebrities that are self proclaimed introverts are:-
Bill Gates: Founder of Microsoft had to be dragged to go out with his friends. He has always been shy and prefers to stay away from social events, but over time he has become an excellent public speaker.
Emma Watson: Has often admitted that she struggled with the fame that the “Harry Potter” series has brought her. She tries her best to stay out of the limelight and she is never seen “partying”. This is one child star who life remains firmly on the rails.
Nicole Kidman: Who often had to be dragged to movie premiers by her ex hubby Tom Cruise, has since admitted however, that with age and experience her introverted ways have improved somewhat.
Johnny Depp: “I’m shy, paranoid, whatever word you want to use. I hate fame. I’ve done everything I can to avoid it.” I suppose as a high profile movie star this probably isn’t the best way to achieve the above statement. He has never lived in Hollywood preferring to try and remain as private as possible, although lately “Pistol” and “Boo” have made this rather difficult.
I suppose having a daughter who is studious and dedicated to doing her best at all times isn’t all that bad. Maybe in the future, when she is a multimillionaire she can keep me in the style to which I would like to become accustomed.
Let’s just hope that she can find a happy medium along the way and realise that finding joy and having fun in your life is just as important as finding that career that will help take you there.