People always tell me I should be more "social" - but I hate being social. People tell me I should be a "team player" - but I don't want to be a team-player. People tell me I should build a network - but I hate to network. Facebook and Twitter are still beyond my comprehension. Of course, I have an account, but I just don't get it why I would want to have complete strangers as "friends". I don't want to chat about the weather or some football match, or the Oscar nominations. Quite frankly - I give a damn who gets the Oscars.
I would read a good thriller or hike alone on a mountain trail rather than spend a few hours in a bar or at a party. Sometimes I stretch out on my back in the grass and just watch the clouds go by. I don't need other people around me all the time. I don't feel lonely when I am alone. In fact, other people often just get on my nerves. There are few things I hate more than crowds of people - especially when they are drunk, agitated or hilariously funny.
Being an introvert has nothing to do with being shy (at least not being shy all the time). For instance, I have no problem to give a speech in front of 200 people - walking alone across a stage with people watching (in fact, I did it many times in my professional life and still enjoy it greatly). But I hate it to go into a crowded pub alone and start a conversation with someone sitting next to me on the bar.
What should you do, when you are like that?