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i.

To the boy who prefers spending Friday nights at home:

the world does not understand how beautiful silence sounds
sometimes. 
As you crack open that book you've been waiting to read,
  or plug in your computer,
    or listen to music,
      or, 
         or, 
            or, 
or just maybe stare at the night sky from your bedroom window-
(please) remember what everyone else seems to forget;
that being alone does not always equal lonely--
and that sometimes no company is the best company there is. 

ii.

To the girl who does not speak up in class: 

I was once you. 
You are not deficient, I promise, despite everyone telling you otherwise. 
You might be the only one who will ever know the universes 
tucked inside your head, 
because they are beautiful secrets you cannot bring yourself to share,
for fear that they might be vandalized. 
When you speak, it is a whisper, 
like a dandelion, like a feather, like your mother tucking you in at night 
after you have fallen asleep. 
People will tell you to speak up, speak louder,
but keep that beautiful dandelion voice of yours, 
because you must know that
volume isn't always necessary to be heard, 
and that the ones who really want to hear you (the ones who really matter), 
will. 

iii. 

To the introverts: 

Too often, we hate ourselves for not being enough.
For not being loud enough,
for not being assertive enough,
for not speaking enough,
for not going out enough,
I want to tell you that you are
really,
truly,
enough. 

(I promise.) 
Nowadays I see loads of people feeling bad about being introverts, like they're not enough. Please do not feel bad, friend. It is not you that is the problem; we live in a society where extroversion is rewarded and introverts are cast to the side. However, just because we are internally inclined does not mean we are deficient or lacking in something. I've been seeing a lot of wonderful writing on here that's been about introversion, but more often than not it's about introversion being a hindrance or something negative. I wanted to write something to counteract that. 

I love you all, extroverts and introverts alike. :heart: 

(c) me

This piece was also inspired by imperfect-parachute's poem, How to Love an Introvert. Check it out and leave her some nice words! 

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MockingJay1256 Featured By Owner May 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, isn't this me wrapped up in a nice little bundle :3

I do consider myself quite the introvert, I prefer quietly observing to causing the observation any day!!!

Awesome as always :)
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sylveda Featured By Owner May 28, 2015  Student Writer
:iconluvluvplz: thank you pam <3 
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MockingJay1256 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome!
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FallingBirch Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015  Student General Artist
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I completely know how this feels :3
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sylveda Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015  Student Writer
:hug: 
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temporaryreality Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is perfect. Just exactly right.
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sylveda Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015  Student Writer
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MangoSundae Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015
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First of all, thank you so much for writing this. For the time being my job requires me to socialize socialize socialize :community::community::community::sleep::community::community: socialize socialize every possible waking second five days a week. God knows how they decided to give this one to me, but I was getting desperate and fortunately the contract ends in a few months. 

Lately I have even started to wonder, is there a place in heaven for introverts? :confused: Our society and conventional morality is constantly all about nothing else but otherpeople otherpeople otherpeople otherpeople. "What you do for others lives on; what you do only for yourself is lost!!1" Or,"Find yourself by losing yourself in the service of others," etc etc etc.  Some of us get tired, literally tired, from doing that pretty fast! 

Or these, I just LOVE these::disbelief: “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give,” (Churchill) or, “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth." (Muhammad Ali) 

Seriously, society is set up so introverts are allowed to feel only two things, running on empty, or guilty as sin. :depressed:

That is why I appreciated reading this so much. Thank you. 
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sylveda Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015  Student Writer
Yes! i feel all of this so much. I don't have a job yet, but the pressures of school forcing you to be extroverted with presentations, group projects, seminars and discussions that you're forced to participate in etc., are way too much to handle a lot of the time. I wish you the best of luck with your job however, and send you strength to get through it all. It really can be so very tiring. :rose: :hug: 
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Invisiperson Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you for this! My friends are all pretty extroverted, and they don't really understand why I prefer just being alone at times...it can be a little demoralizing sometimes. But this was a much needed confidence-boost, so thank you c:
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sylveda Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015  Student Writer
I totally feel that. :hug: Thank you for your kind words! :hug: 
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sweet-garlic Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This means a lot to me because a few years back I had trouble with coming to terms with my introversion, and I still am kind of. This has definitely given me a boost of confidence. Thank you.
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sylveda Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Student Writer
I'm still undergoing the same journey myself :heart: I'm so glad it's helped you. Thanks so much! 
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JeiFaeKlubs Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015
This is beautiful, thank you so much for sharing it with us.
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sylveda Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Student Writer
Thank you so much for your kind words! I'm glad you like it :)
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endlessstarryskies Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  Student General Artist
Absolutely beautiful! I'm an introvert, I can very much relate to your poem. My favorite line is "or just maybe stare at the night sky from your bedroom window." Very well written.
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sylveda Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Student Writer
Thank you so much hon! :heart: I'm so glad you like it. 
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endlessstarryskies Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Student General Artist
Your very welcome :)
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RedF0x11 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014
I really love this piece as an extrovert who seems to keep finding amazing introverts to talk to :-) I think you have quite soundly got the crux of the matter here in this poem, and I hope that it is well conveyed to those who read it, because it is a brilliant point :-) My favorite part of it all is definitely the part about soft voices being heard by those who wish to hear, because it is extremely true :-)
Thank you very much Sylveda for being amazing and writing such a wonderful poem :-D :glomp: (I hope the hug is okay :-) )
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sylveda Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Student Writer
Aw, thank you so much! It's so lovely hearing from the other side of the spectrum; thank you so much for your kind words! (and yes, hugs are most definitely okay :) :huggle:
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RedF0x11 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014
It was my pleasure :-) though i am not the strongest of extroverts :-)
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Blacksand459 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This. :hug:  What a wonderful, encouraging poem!! :clap:  I will definitely be sharing this around wherever I can. (If that's cool with you.) 

Thanks for this. 
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sylveda Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Student Writer
Thank you so much! And yes, that is definitely fine with me; I really appreciate it! :heart:
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Blacksand459 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome! :) 
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DynamiteHearts Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you. ♥
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sylveda Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  Student Writer
no, thank you :heart: 
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Iheartanimeforever Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I'm actually an introvert. I usually stay within a certain group of people and I don't like speaking up in class unless it's about books. So I can relate to the pain of being an introvert and not being able to speak up or share feelings as easily as other people. Don't worry! Introverts unite! ...To talk about books, music, and maybe anime...
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sylveda Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014  Student Writer
I feel dem feels. Welcome to the club, my friend. :)
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Iheartanimeforever Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Yes! I join a club for once! Could you critique my poems I've created? I don't know if they're any good and i could use some constructive criticism
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Hailann Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Veda, I absolutely love this! I've been coming to terms lately with being an introvert... when everyone else around me wants to party, join clubs and socialize, all I want to do is stay home and be with myself. Personally, I've always loved being introspective, I'm rarely ever bored because I have, as you said, a universe tucked inside my head. And I know myself better than anyone because I always turn inward... it's great knowing that even when everyone else is gone, you can still be your own best friend. Your words are always so beautiful, Veda.. they're so intimate and personal, and they really do speak directly from the heart. Lately I've been trying to add a little more meaning to the art I make instead of just drawing pretty pictures, and what you do is so inspiring in regards to that. Your writing is beautiful and poetic, but also incredibly meaningful and full of emotions. Honestly, that is SUCH an amazing trait to have! Being only fifteen and having such an amazing talent for writing is so inspiring. It definitely makes me want to better my own art :heart:

So hey, if you're ever feeling down about yourself, just remember there's a random redhead in Minnesota who thinks your writing is SUPER rad!! Haha! (:
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sylveda Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014  Student Writer
Thank you so much, Hailey! You always leave the most lovely comments that I  can never figure out how to adequately respond to, haha. But yes, I agree with you completely, so many people fail to recognize and address introversion as, in fact, an incredibly wonderful thing, and something we should be proud of just as much as extroversion. 
Wowie zowie, that means so much to me. Thank you so very much, Hailey. Your art always makes me happy and inspires me to write and draw more, so it's definitely not just a one way thing. thank you thank you thank you ily :heart: and the same goes for you, in case you're ever feeling down: a short pixie-haired writer in NC thinks you're amazing and talented and one of the best people ever :hug:
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FaustHabenicht Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
As someone who is on both sides of the fence, but more introverted than not, this is truly refreshing to see.  Thank you for sharing it.
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sylveda Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Student Writer
I'm exactly the same. I go through phases, although I typically lean more towards introversion. Thank you for your lovely comment! :heart:
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r0binVI Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
theres so much people in my life id love to tell this... its so fucked up that it never works. society can be a dick.

rly beautiful one.
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sylveda Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Student Writer
I totes agree with you. It's a messed up world, but we can make it a little better by spreading kindness and telling the neglected ones that they indeed do matter. Thanks for your comment! 
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MissLemons Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014
Omg! I am that girl on number 2!

I like how you write it. It's like these words are speaking to me!
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sylveda Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Student Writer
:heart::heart::heart: I know those feels. I'm glad you like it and can relate! 
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PerlaDorArt Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so beautiful. I'm speechless
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sylveda Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Student Writer
thanks so much, lovely~ :heart:
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PrinceBleys Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing=) 
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sylveda Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Student Writer
Thank you! :D
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Lantern-Tan Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, wow, this is so beautiful.  It has a really nice meaning and it's very well written too. ^^  I'm an introvert, so I can relate with this a lot, actually.  The line, "You are not deficient, I promise, despite everyone telling you otherwise" really got to me.  Great job on this and thank you for sharing it! <3
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sylveda Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Student Writer
Thank you so much! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. :iconbrohugplz:
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r0b0tic-k47 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014
Beautiful, extroverted or introverted we all have something to share with the world :)
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sylveda Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Student Writer
your statement is absolutely correct. Thank you :heart: 
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soul-crafter Featured By Owner Edited Aug 31, 2014   Digital Artist
This is beautiful and encouraging.
You soothe us introvert's discomfort, thank you :D
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sylveda Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Student Writer
no, thank you. I love receiving comments such as yours; it tells me I have succeeded in what I wanted to do. :hug:
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nothing-creative Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Student Writer
This was excellently written, to begin with. The formatting was pleasant to view (the whole or, or, or) part, and ultimately this was just a spectacular piece. Introversion really isn't a bad thing, and you captured that idea well.
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sylveda Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Student Writer
Thank you so much! :heart: 
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nothing-creative Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Student Writer
You're welcome!
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