Last year I blogged about being an introvert. For those curious about my MBTI type, I fluctuate between an INTJ or ISTJ. What doesn’t fluctuate is that I’m an introvert. I’ve also come to realise that I am also a social or an outgoing introvert. As an introvert, I gain energy by being alone with my hobbies, but when I am with the right people, I’ll be super outgoing and actually gain energy by being around others just like an extrovert. But I can’t do that all the time. My job alone drains me because I’m dealing with what feels like ten thousand people on a daily basis that requires me to be quite talkative. On Saturdays, I usually designate that day to meet with friends, but Sunday is what I call my “bum day”.
For many people, Sunday is a day of rest. For me, Sunday is not only a day of rest, but it’s also the day where I can recuperate my social and mental energy! Most of my friends know that I will not leave my house on Sunday. Sure, that limits my time to meet with friends, but I need this day to myself. The only time I will sacrifice my bum day is when that’s the only day I can do a particular task. For an example, I met up with Thao, Holland, and Shayne because they were only in Korea for those few precious days. Today is another bum day I’m sacrificing because it’s my mum’s 70th birthday bash. I will give up my bum day for those kind of circumstances, but anything else can wait!
On my bum days, I stay home primarily except for the short times I go out to the store or restaurants for food. This is the day where I catch up on my hobbies. I blog, read books or fanfics, watch movies or TV shows, or play video games. I take naps on these days because I am catching up on my sleep that I lack during the week. Primarily, I use this day to replenish my mental, physical, and social energies; I do that in order to make it through another work week of my many social interactions. I know my limits, and through these bum days, I recuperate my body, mind, and soul.
Thankfully, most of my friends understand my need for this day to myself. Apparently other introverts encounter incidents where they are accused of being anti-social for not wanting to hang out with their friends and such. That’s never been the case for me. I just simply tell my friends that I need this day off for all the reasons mentioned above, and they’ve been super understanding. These bum days are like my oasis, and these are something I will not give up unless necessary.
Do you have bum days? What do you do on these days? Are you a social or an outgoing introvert, too? Share your thoughts in the comments!