Have you been at a restaurant and you realize that your waiter failed to bring you something that you asked for? What do you do??
I bet that you are thinking, 'I would tell my waiter to bring me my order'.
Well, sometimes even talking to a stranger in that situation is difficult for someone with extreme shyness.
And I am extremely shy!
BUT lately I've felt that my shyness is causing me to miss out on life and friendship.
And I have had many people assume that I am snobby because I'm shy, which hurts my feelings. I recently read an article about overcoming shyness in social situations. It made me think that I might be causing my awkward social behavior. I have told myself that I'm shy all my life and that inspires my shy tendencies.
Are any of you shy??
Honestly, I'm sick and tired of being shy!
I'm an extremely outgoing person when I'm around my friends. Why does the presence of a stranger cause me to clam up?
And the other thing that boggles my mind is how I can perform on stage, sing in front of large audiences, play flute in ensembles and solo recitals, but I can't ask my waiter to bring me some extra salad dressing.
I have a hard time asking for what I want, speaking to strangers, expressing my opinion in class, and calling anyone on the telephone. I know that sounds sort of lame, but being shy sometimes gives me extreme anxiety. One of my theatre professors asked me why I avoid social gatherings, and I told him that I'm shy. He said that I'm not shy. I just tell myself that I'm shy and believe that to be true. If I tell myself that I'm not shy, I will begin to believe that too. I thought he was just being kooky at the time, but now I'm starting to think that he may have had a point.
Seriously, what is my deal?
I've started to force myself to do things that make me feel shy or uncomfortable. Slowly I'm starting to become a completely different person! I actually started blogging to help me get over my shyness and help me deal with all of my health problems.
I want to be that outgoing girl who has no problem being silly in public, making friends with strangers, and asking for a refill at the restaurant!
I'm on a mission to slowly get over my shyness! I've been so brave lately! You guys would be proud of me!
I just tell myself that I'm a big brave dog!! Big Brave Dogs are not SHY! Roo Roo!
I would love to hear how some of you got over your own inhibitions!