What to Read This Weekend: Tiger Moms (not what you think), Pretty Young Things, and Confessions of an Introverted TravelerAuthor: Susan Cain
1. Sympathy for the Tiger Moms: If you think you’ve already gotten enough of the Tiger Mom debate, you haven’t read Sandra Tsing Loh, a writer for The Atlantic magazine. Plus, this is a great excuse to get acquainted with her writing, which I can’t get enough of.
2.My Charismatic Ex Married a Pretty Young Thing: Meet the world’s greatest advice columnist, Cary Tennis of Salon. Here is a taste of his work.
3. Confessions of an Introverted Traveler: Very witty piece from Sophia Dembling about how introverts like to travel. I related to most every word.
Please send in your own reading picks — and have a great weekend!
When I go on vacation outside of the country, I purchase tour tickets on site. That way I remain safe and worry free and the tour guide gets to do all the talking while I get to learn something interesting without being pressured into conversing with people. Vacationing alone is, more often than not, a means to get away from everyone I know and from every day strife and get some peace and quiet. It always rejuvenates me, with the exception of this one vacation to Hawaii during Christmas.
Everything was closed during Christmas day. A few tourists and I finally found this one and only restaurant that was open… and it turned out to be a fast-food hot dog place where you had to cook your own hot dog. Now that had to be the weirdest Christmas day (and meal) I’ve ever experienced. It didn’t help things that it was also raining and that only a few coconut trees had Christmas lights in them (warm weather, sand, and Christmas lights in coconut trees really threw my bearings). But there was entertainment in the ballroom that evening which saved the day from being a complete fiasco.
So the moral of this story is… it’s better to stay home for Christmas. At least you won’t have to settle for hot dogs.
I’m very introverted and easily overstimulated. All the input coming through from the new sights and sounds of travel can be unbearable. As part of a business training test on listening for software requirements, an instructor played a recording of a busy meeting room with many conversations going on at once. Everyone listened carefully expecting to be asked to provide important requirements points afterwards. But he didn’t ask for that, he asked for how many conversations had we heard, and how many could we relate back to him? I had noted 5 and gave him dialog from 3. No one else noticed more than one main conversation and some noise. The point being, some people get more information than others from their environment. And you can see why someone like myself can be painfully overstimulated at a place like a Paris cafe!
I do seem to calm down after a few days of adjustment, like your book says. Also, I seem to be more gregarious once I hit that comfort zone than many folks are, as somehow I feel I have “nothing to lose” when speaking with an unknown person. Who cares how they might judge you if you never see them again?