These photos were taken a few weekends ago on a blissfully peaceful weekend away in the north of Scotland. It was the first weekend in a while where I actually came home feeling relaxed and rejuvenated – probably largely because there were no frantic airport dashes involved – it was just a leisurely car journey followed by an even more leisurely weekend. I’ve been flying back to Ireland almost every second weekend (and working every other weekend) the past few months for different occasions – from hen parties, to weddings to family reunions. So after spending half the weekend in an airport, I’m then left trying to cram as much as I can into what’s left! Only to return on Sunday feeling exhausted and like I could do with another two days off.
There has been a lot of talk floating about on the internet lately about introverts vs extroverts (most recently from the ever insightful Jenny of Sunny Sweet Pea which you can read here) and it’s got me thinking a lot about my own personality. I would class myself as an introvert but with extrovert leanings in that I do love nights out and meeting up with friends and family. But I also need down time and solitude to recharge – otherwise I just get burned out. I tried primary school teaching a few years ago but dropped out half-way through the course partly because I felt like I was constantly on some sort of podium trying to hold the attention of a miniature audience. I found it draining! It’s not the natural habitat of an introvert. It took a good few months of stress and unhappiness for me to admit that I just wasn’t suited to teaching. I now work as a librarian and contrary to popular stereotypes it’s not the mousey skulk-amongst-the-bookstacks role some people envisage. It’s actually hugely sociable but there are quieter moments where I can gather my thoughts and just be still for a bit. And that’s something I really need.
So on that note, my intention over the next few months is to confine my adventures to Scotland and to balance them a little more with some downtime. Well…right after I come back from my friend’s wedding in Ireland this weekend!
So how about you guys? Are you social butterflies who thrive on constant stimulation or do you need to draw the curtains on the world occasionally too?
Outfit: Dress, Carousel; shoes, Schuh; bag, vintage.