As I mentioned last week, Mike is an extrovert and I am an introvert. But I must admit that I am an odd introvert. LOL Although I don’t like to leave the house to go do things, once I am at the outing, I enjoy myself and do not tend to want to leave. Also I have grown to a point that I don’t prefer to be around crowds. This never used to be the case but being married to Mike for nearly 29 years seems to have changed me in some regards.
Mike on the other hand, although an extrovert, seems to have a “time limit” on how long he likes to be out places. I do think this has more to do with his “early to bed, early to rise” lifestyle than an introvert-extrovert thing. Then there is also the point that we are really both hermits. So I have a hard time understanding how he is an extrovert.
The point is that we both seem to defy some of the commonalities of our own ‘labels’. And yet, we still manage to fall on the opposite side of things. LOL How we ever got together is beyond me!
Really what it boils down to is being considerate of one another. Mike stays as long as he can stand it and I try to leave when he motions for us to go. That doesn’t always work. Being one that is concerned with the feelings of others, I don’t want to offend anyone, so sometimes I cannot leave a conversation as quickly as he would like. But I must admit that in the nearly 29 years of being together, he has learned to cope with this characteristic. How? By ensuring that I know he is ready and then going and getting the car. He has learned to wait patiently for me. In return, I have learned to cut some conversations short, to prevent him from having to wait too long on me.
Paul Byerly, over on The Generous Husband, wrote about how he has learned to cope with their differing people needs. I think it is quite a good work-around that many can learn from. I hope you’ll take the time to go read it. http://ittybittyurl.com/1opx
Until next time, God bless,