words ona abelis
It's summertime in the city, but sometimes it feels like you have nowhere to rest your tired feet. You go from an open office to a crowded subway (or highway), to a packed beach (or shore) (or pool), to a noisy restaurant (or cafe), to a long line at the store just to buy some SPF. The woman in front of you is loudly chatting away on her phone, and you start to wonder if it's just you and not everyone else? Where can you go to hear yourself think? To find your inner quiet?
The good news is that it's not just you—it's one-third of people like you, who are introverts in a world built for extroverts. And, Susan Cain, a self-proclaimed introvert and the author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, compassionately feels (and studies) your pain: You need to recharge in solitude, take time to decompress, and steal moments of silence in a loud, high-octane city. How do you do it? And are there shortcuts? Yes—here's how to get started: