Yesterday was the reunion. I was gone for about 12 hours, socializing & doing the expected “extrovert” stuff, by visiting the school, hanging out with classmates, making small talk with townspeople, etc.
I got home about midnight, & tried to stay up for a bit, to decompress. I wrote last night’s blog post, had something to snack on…and…crashed…hard.
As in – I woke up today somewhere between 12:30 and 1:00pm – hard.
I’m still exhausted, & can’t seem to gather enough energy to do more than sit upright.
My head hurts as though I were hungover, although I drank no alcohol.
My body feels as though I’d been dragged behind a truck for about 3 miles of bad road.
My phone has rung several times today, someone trying to get ahold of me to do a wedding this week, but I’ve had no energy to answer, much less the desire to be polite…considering the first phone call was placed at 8am this morning, & briefly woke me.
Who calls at 8am on a Sunday morning?
I’ll get back to this person tomorrow, when I have more energy, and less of a desire to snap his head off like a dandelion for being rude. (And for the short notice -he wants me to perform the wedding this week -during the week – as though I have nothing else to do – see why I’m waiting to respond? Me – cranky…)
This is what heavy socialization does to an introvert like myself.
It causes a complete shutdown, sometimes for hours, and sometimes…in severe cases, it can cause the shutdown to go on for days.
It takes time, quiet, & space to recharge an introvert. I’ve expended every bit of my energy, reserves included, on what I did yesterday.
And I know I’m going to have to get up & go to work tomorrow – with work being handled by a skeleton crew.
Early bedtime for me tonight…let’s just hope my insomnia lets me get a few hours uninterrupted so I can function.