Are you an Introvert or an Extrovert Pineapple?

Being introverted isn't the same as being shy! Photography by Annika Lagerqvist - www.annikasomething.com - During Milan Fashion Week at Dolce & Gabbana, February 2017

Guest Writer: Malin Lagerqvist
2017-04-12

 I wasn’t an extrovert person, but was it that obvious?

I remember one parent-teacher meeting at my first year in secondary school when my ballet teacher said: ”Malin is a bit of lonely wolf, right?”. She wasn’t pointing it out in a negative way. It was no news flash to my mom, but for some reason, I felt ashamed. Not towards my teacher nor my mom, but to myself.

Having grown up performing my whole lifedancing, singing, and modeling, it would only make sense that I would be an extrovert, not an introvert, right?!
Looking back on my childhood though, as a little girl, I rarely went to my friends’ house after school. I wanted to be home, quite and in solitude in my room with my Barbies. I could sit by myself for hours, creating these different worlds, characters, and stories around my dolls, and that was more than enough for me. It was my happy place.

Today, 20 years later I ask myself:
How comes I am an introvert person? When what I enjoy the most, in my job as a Sales Associate in a men’s wear company, is interacting with costumers, and the most fun part could be helping a client pick out the perfect, gelato proof linen shirt for a romantic weekend in Rome with his girlfriend? But being introvert isn’t the same as being shy!

As Susan Cain tells us in her excellent Ted Talk ”The Power of Introverts”.

”Solitude is often a crucial ingredient in creativity.
And creativity is an important part of what I do and who I want to be”

Still, I’m not a party girl, but I love to go out dancing with my friends, sometimes I even end up dancing on the speakers! But I also love to cook a nice meal and watch my favorite series, currently Masterchef Australia, by myself on a Friday night, and Saturday too if it’s been a stressful week. I need that alone time to be the best possible version of myself. And we can only learn how to be that person by accepting our true selfs.

One thing we all should be though is a Pineapple!
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Stand tall, be sweet and wear a crown!

Some of us just wear our crowns invisible!

 Introvert Extrovert? Being introverted isn't the same as being shy! Photography by Annika Lagerqvist - www.annikasomething.com - During Milan Fashion Week at Dolce & Gabbana, February 2017

The pictures were taken by Annika Lagerqvist during Milan Fashion Week February 2017, and note that they are just an inspiration for this story, the guy in the photos has no connection to my content.

✏ Guest writer: Malin Lagerqvist
Instagram: @malinismalin

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