This fall, beginning to take part in a two-year leadership program, I have already learned a few things about myself:
- In certain company, and under the influence of group-generated enthusiasm, I can appear to be an extrovert. That was a surprise.
- In an effort to get to know more of the group, and in my flitting from one small group to another, I may reduce my chances for having a niche or a subgroup of my own. (In college, I hung out mostly with other English majors, theatre and music geeks, swing and ballroom dancers, and the people I happened to live nearby.) A desire to broaden my circle or a lack of commitment?
- I am definitely an anomaly for my age group in my demographic in my locale. Unmarried, no children, well traveled, not a college football fan, not a Republican. Nontraditional.
I've never been afraid to do things on my own, my own way, but not loudly. I usually prefer going unnoticed. But in doing so, I may also limit my chances for new friendships, close connections and shared experiences.
I'm not sure what the solution is, or if there needs to be a solution. Just a few thoughts to save for later.