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Sometimes I wonder why I chose to be a teacher being an introvert. I wonder how I am able to stand teaching in a big school with more than one thousand students and almost one hundred teachers. The only rational explanation I can find is that I really love teaching.

Today some of my students are graduating. They are nice people. I enjoyed teaching them. I have not attended a graduation ceremony in many years. This year I intended to make an exception. But the thought of a venue crowded with students, colleagues and parents is unbearable. As the time when the ceremony got closer, I started getting more and more anxious. Images of myself having a panic attack and having to leave the ceremony crossed my mind. So this year will not be an exception. I have to accept my limits.
46-50, M
+ 7 6 replies 21 views May 25, 2018 |
JustNik · 46-50, F
Did you understand when you chose the path of teaching that you were an introvert? I nearly followed the same path and I know at that age the whole introvert/extrovert concept wasn’t even a glimmer in my mind.
Cierzo · 46-50, M
[@23104,JustNik] I have always thought I was a shy person rather than an introvert. With the passing of time I have become less shy, talking in public is something I fear less, but I realise more strongly that solitude fills my batteries whereas with being with other people empties them.
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Ah I understand..I am sorry you won’t see your students graduate-but I think you were there for the “important bit”! Congratulations on your results!
Cierzo · 46-50, M
[@17314,Gazelle] Yes, I did the part that matters, the teaching. Graduation ceremony is just circus.
The more you tell me about these things, the more glad that we met. 😊 For the introverted girl that used to hide in the toilet when relatives came over, I did not know there on the other side of the world there is someone just like me.
Cierzo · 46-50, M
[@1551,novembermoon] I used to think too I was the only one being so introverted. It is one of the curses of being so, the very nature of introversion makes us hide from those who are similar to us. Only by chance a meeting may happen.

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