nonconformistdemonjizz said:*introverted hissing*
It’s cool, fellow social-energy-monster friend. You eat the alone-times and I’ll eat the people, there’s plenty for us both.
Being extroverted sometimes feels a bit like having perpetually low blood sugar and a very exacting diet. I know I’m going to need to eat social energy at some point, but what flavor? Do I need to start the prep work for it now, or can I put it off? If I put it off too long, will I get lazy and give up on socializing for the day and wake up starving tomorrow and devour a huge conversation with the first person I can jump on?
And I imagine some people just get to EAT without thinking this stuff through while I’m weighing chores I need to do against finding a gathering of some sort because I’m peckish and there isn’t much else going on that will be able to fill me up over the next few days. Sometimes I’ll do mini-fasts before a big multi-day social event of some sort so it tastes sweeter; but also sometimes I’ll have to take long road trips solo and show up on a doorstep absolutely ravenous and exploding with charisma and conversation.
One of the reasons I’ve always loved living with other humans in a space where travelers can easily pass through is that it’s like having a constantly fully stocked pantry. And living across the street from my partner is like having my favorite restaurant right below my apartment building. (Equally dangerous too, since it’s easy to get reliant on that source of social energy without effort and then they go out of town and it’s 2AM and you really want a delicious exchange of ideas but the “Sorry we’re closed” sign ain’t going anywhere).
Maybe my extroversion makes sense as a monster; possibly I eat people in strictly metaphorical ways at parties.