Yay – welcome to the second interview of this very special introvert community month!
This month, I’m going to introduce you to four wonderful introverts from all around the world who will share with you their stories and life experiences as introverts. This interview is the second interview of this whole series. If you missed the first one, please check out the Interview with Tasmin Lowe from last week!
Let’s meet today’s guest: Franziska Marx!
Question: “Want to introduce yourself?”
Answer: My name is Franzi, I am 26 years old, and I live with my fiancé in Münster, Germany. In my free time, I enjoy working on creative things such as writing, watercolor art, or lettering. I also just recently rediscovered embroidery for myself, which I also have been practicing again since then.
My short-term goal is to continue giving myself the time I need to get used to new situations. My long term dream and aspiration is to achieve small milestones in the creative industry, of course aside from my job as a social educator!
Q: “Have you always known you were an introvert?”
A: I actually didn’t know that for a very long time. If someone had asked me in the past whether or not I would describe myself as an introvert or extrovert, I would have shrugged with my shoulders. I only became aware of this during the past three years, probably at some point during my studies, because I had to move to Heidelberg for it. When I moved, everything was completely new to me and I saw the chance to reinvent myself. And while I did that, I also began to question myself and my (past) actions at the same time. I started to reflect on many things. One thing was for example, that I always have had the tendency to focus more on my inner world. During my time at school, I never really had the chance to get to know this part of myself as I focused more on pleasing those around me and fitting into their picture.
Q: “Has being an introvert influenced your childhood?”
A: In retrospect, I can tell that I have always felt more comfortable in familiar environments. Whenever I found myself in new situations, I always have had a strong need for security. I also always needed some extra time to get used to the new surroundings until I was able to really flourish and with that show the funny and open-minded side of myself.
One example I remember is my first day of primary school. It was a very exciting day for everyone, but as it was a new situation to me, I had this strong need to have someone with me that would help me feel safe and secure. Luckily, my friend from kindergarten was allowed to sit right next to me! I probably wouldn’t have had said a single word, if that wouldn’t have been possible on this day.
Q: “How does your daily life look like as an introvert?”
A: I don’t really enjoy being the center of attention nor talking about private matters with strangers or people I barely know. I have always been more the listener, which I’m really good at if I say so myself, and feel the most comfortable in small groups. I noticed that I also tend to swap between different roles in my daily life. Whenever I’m at work, I tend to mostly show my professional side, while at home or with my inner circle, I can be who I really am.
Q: “With what kind of situation do you struggle with the most?”
A: I have a hard time making myself be part of the conversation whenever I’m in a group setting with unfamiliar people. I tend to remain quiet for the most part of it. Often times, I notice how I really don’t know how to make myself be more open and active in these situations. My shyness definitely plays a huge role, as it makes me be really cautious with everything that I want to do or say.
Q: “Have there been past experiences that helped you grow as an introvert?”
A: Yes! What has really helped me a lot in the past is knowing that I am not alone with the things I experience or struggle with as an introvert! Talking with other fellow introverts about these things and doing my own research has been very beneficial to me. As people say, knowledge is power. Generally, I think it’s also very helpful to regularly write down all the things you think or worry about. For me personally, this gives me access to my inner world and helps me to bring back the peace to myself.
Q: “With what kind of situations do you no longer struggle with?
A: I no longer struggle with acknowledging my own needs and taking care of them and myself the way I should. I also found my way of living a life that gives myself the space I need to be who I am without having to bend or change myself in any way.
Q: “What advice would you give your younger self for situations that were uncomfortable?”
A: If you don’t want to go to a party – then you don’t go! And just because you think you’re different from others doesn’t mean that you can’t be part of the group. Also, you’re not less worthy or valuable just because you’re not like everyone else!
Q: “What do you wish for the future of our society regarding introverts?”
A: I would wish that quiet people get to say something in our society. And that quiet introverts can become just as successful as loud extroverts without getting talked down by others. I wish that we are allowed to be who we are and get appreciated for it.
Thank you so much Franziska for letting us in into your experiences and life as an introvert!
Do you want to reach out to Franziska? Check out her Instagram @franzisabenteuer and make sure to follow her account to get daily insights into her life and experiences as an introvert!
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