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After spending time with a group of people, do you feel energized and ready for anything or do you want to hide in the corner with a good book?

Nowadays I find myself very fatigued after spending time with a crowd. When I was younger, it was the opposite, I would be primed and raring to go, fueled on by the energy provided by the crowd’s dynamic. These days a few hours speaking with a group of friends will send me to bed rest to recuperate. I have come to appreciate quiet and get togethers with smaller groups over large crowds. I love peace, calm and tranquility.

My need for external stimulation has vastly decreased in the past few years. I find myself keeping my immediate surroundings quiet for longer than I used to, the t.v doesn’t go on until mid-afternoon, the car ride is done in silence. Contrary to my youth when I started my day listening to music and the television was always on while I was reading and writing. Now my reading and writing are done in silence, my brain seems to thrive in silence as opposed to the constant stream of external noise that used to fuel it.