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Forgotten Extrovert

I forget I am an extrovert. 

No, really. There is a difference between being outgoing and being an extrovert. I easily convince myself I am the former. But the latter? After a summer spent commuting 3 hours, an isolating semester in Thailand, and the insane burnout that was the start of my 2L year, I forget that people fill me up. And anyway, I’d just as soon curl up with a book. (234 of them since January, to be precise.)

But I spent the last two nights socializing past my usual 9 pm bedtime and let me tell you…I feel energized. Alert. Awake. Enthusiastic. 

It is an odd feeling. I’d…forgotten. Forgotten what it feels like to not feel constantly exhausted. Forgotten how to be with people without mentally rehearsing everything I need to do next. 

Maybe even forgotten how fun it is to live with someone. It is nice having a roommate. Even one I leave home alone 14+ hours a day. 


Old Friends, All the Acne, and Scary Amounts of Enthusiasm

‘That looks like Joel,’ I think as I stand in the church lobby and observe the other attendees. ‘But he lives in Virginia.’ 

Joel Grewe is the director of Generation Joshua and a mentor of my high school and college years. 

For a moment I marveled at the resemblance before realizing that Generation Joshua’s iGovern West camp started this week. It could be him. 

“Joel?” I ask. 

Considering the odd surroundings, he takes my presence in stride for a few moments before the oddity strikes him. He motions to where the other iGovern counselors are gathered, ready for lunch. I’m ecstatic. These are my old friends. I practically run across the sanctuary to say hi. 

Then I remember what I’m wearing. I chose sleep over makeup this morning; my jeans have a huge hole and my top is a castoff from my sister – a bedazzled Star Wars t-shirt I only wore because I haven’t done laundry. To match my odd shirt, I paired my choker necklace and I have a decided goth-wannabe feel. Or I would if I bothered with makeup. I wish I had; I’m so broken out today. 

I feel very self-conscious. But also excited. Everyone is confused to see me. It is so good to see them, even briefly. These are my people. They invite me to the camp gala on Tuesday night. I don’t have a ride but I will find one. I’m more excited about the gala than I was to go to the Supreme Court last weekend. 

My ecstatic mood lasts through brunch with the other Young Life interns. I’m bubbly and bouncy in a way they haven’t seen before. I’ve mellowed a lot…but there is nothing like Generation Joshua to bring out all my enthusiasm! 


Over 500 Friends on Goodreads!

I try not to be one of those people who collects friends on social media just for the sake of collecting friends. There should be a purpose to it. Quality not quantity and all that….BUT I would be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy having lots of friends on my social media accounts. I hit quite a milestone yesterday with 500 friends on Goodreads! 

Today I am actually up to 506 friends, because 4 people sent me friend requests and I saw 2 people who looked super interesting so I friended them and they accepted. So really, this post about 500 is more 506, but the principle remains. Goodreads is seriously the best. I love all the community on there! People and books, what could be better?