Dear Younger Me,
Being an introvert is okay. If you were an extrovert, that would be okay, too, but you have this idea that introverts aren’t as lovable as extroverts, and that’s not true. I know there’s a lot of pressure to make good impressions with others, but you don’t have to fake your personality for people to like you. You can be quiet and reserved and still friendly and warm. You can respect your own limits and be okay with that, and believe me that there are others who feel the same way you do. They also don’t expect you to be “on” all the time.
What if you walked into social situations without the pressure to perform, and just walked in with an appreciation for the people who are there, ready to love them and focus on them instead of on yourself? The beginning of 1 Corinthians 14 starts with “Let love be your highest goal!” Love others. Take your eyes off yourself and put them on others. They may be feeling the same way you do.