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Facing the social season: a story for introverts

Do you find the transition between Winter and Spring hard to bear ? Do you find that you often get sick at this time of the year? Well it could be rampant viral bugs flying through the air or it could be a reluctance to leave your warm blankies, and you may be an introvert. Either way here’s a little story for you all.

Bear travels incognito into Spring

A grizzly brown bear wakes up after a long winter sleep. He’d been cosy and warm inside his winter home, at the edge of a forest.

Actually this is a story bear, so he didn’t sleep all winter. He got up every day to make warm porridge. He’d sit in a big squishy sofa chair, eating his porridge by a crackling open fire. He knitted, and doodled. He read books about magic, and cuddled his babies, …and his wife, whilst listening to the wild weather battering the world outside.

The bear was content, happy in his little world. Occasionally when he ventured outside to collect firewood, bracing himself against the prevailing winds, he would come across other woodland creatures. They would nod pleasantly and exchange smiles. Then the bear would amble back to his den, and the warm glow of familiarity within.

On this day when the Bear got up, and peered out of his window, the sun was shining, and there is a faint smell of blossom in the air. Winter was coming to a close. Spring was just around the corner. All of a sudden the air in the house seems a little too stuffy. Their home felt cramped and untidy. The Bear and his family grew restless. So they packed a picnic, and headed out into the sunshine, as did many of the other woodland creatures. Lots of them were rushing around, talking and yelling and doing things. Some were organising parties and raffles and all that kind of stuff.

The bear started to feel a little uneasy. The feeling was slightly familiar, but he couldn’t put his paw on what the feeling was exactly. He started having long dialogues in his head, and gazing off into the distance. His mind wandered. He found himself thinking of things he needed to do at home.

Such as:

Finish his book on magic. Draw that drawing he’d always wanted to draw. Clean out his cupboards. All of it….. in silence. His head started spinning. He felt tired. “The noise! The noise!” He exclaimed, inside his head. Oh it was too much! “Must get back home”, he thought. “Don’t be silly” he replied to himself. “Maybe if I make lots of noise too, I’ll feel better, more like everyone else.” he pondered.

He tried to join in. He made lots of noise, but he just got a sore throat and started to feel a different kind of weird. He sneezed. He coughed. His big bear body started to ache. He had a cold. Now he had to return home to rest. To his quilt, the fireplace, and peace and quiet.

A message for extroverts and other woodland creatures

  • Introverts and bears may require understanding at this time of the year.
  • Make sure their sunglasses are at hand and maybe a wide-brimmed hat so they can acclimatised themselves to the outside world, incognito, so to speak.
  • They love warmth and sunshine too.
  • They love friends and breaking bread with them too.
  • It just may even take several attempts to gently prize them from their indoor comforts.
  • The bear might go into shock if the social season runs at them too quickly.
  • BEWARE if forced against their will to participate, their bodies may resort to sickness (bodies are amazing really) – well that’s what occasionally happens to me at this time of the year anyway!

Here’s another story for introverts from Storypot which just arrived in my inbox. It contains great tips, especially suited to introverted kids, for dealing with public speaking. (What an unpalatable idea!)

Are you an Introvert? I would love to hear how you feel at this time of the year.


  1. This is lovely Ra. Now I know why I relish my morning porridge so much 🙂
    It’s great to see what you’re creating here—a fusion of your many gifts and interests.


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