I'm an introvert. I prefer small groups over a large gathering. I'm better at expressing myself through writing and drawing than speaking on the spot. I'd rather have a meaningful conversation than idle chit chat. I like spending quality time with others, but I need a good amount of time for myself. My social skills are more akin to a mini-van than a sports car; it's functional and I seem to be more comfortable with kids and married folk. From the outside looking in, it may look like a perpetual rain cloud floating above me. But as any introvert will claim, the inside is actually a pretty nice place to be.
The Rain Cloud and the Sun
The boy and the dog cross dry, seemingly barren land. And yet life still follows right behind them.
When I first thought of drawing this piece, I wanted to express what it was like to be an introvert. And that even though introverts tend to be more comfortable behind the scenes in their own little world, they too can have a noticeable, positive impact on their environment for those around them, hence the rain cloud and the resulting foliage. But since plants can't really grow without sunlight, I felt that the image needed both the rain cloud and the sun to be complete.
Find Your Own Rain Cloud
I don't think there is anyone that doesn't know what being an introvert is like. Everyone needs some alone time, even if they don't think they need it. I strongly believe that some time to think, to be, separate from the voices and opinions of others, is a crucial aspect to our emotional and psychological development.
Even if it's only for a few minutes, find a rain cloud and make some time for yourself.
The Importance of Uniqueness and Unity
We are naturally drawn to people with similar beliefs and backgrounds. This allows us to unite into something much greater than ourselves as individuals. But let's not forget that our differences allow us to accomplish great things as well. The rain cloud and the sun have different purposes...but to a flower, it doesn't really matter, does it?
So if you're more comfortable under a rain cloud, just make sure that you let the sun shine in once in a while. And if you prefer the sun, don't be afraid to let a few clouds rain on your parade from time to time.
What I'm Really Trying To Say
Regardless of who you are, there is a positive impact that you can make in this world. It doesn't matter whether it's large or small. The important thing is that you have that ability to make a change. Even the smallest act of good will nudge this world into a better place.