Ever since I was young, I have always been a shy person. I was always hesitant to meet new people and usually just kept to myself. If I didn’t feel comfortable with someone or with a group, I usually would just keep silent instead of just acting like myself and getting to know them. The only time I would really open up to people was when I felt comfortable with them. Once I felt comfortable with someone, its like I become a completely different person. I’m friendly, talk a lot, and basically act like myself. For a long time, this is how I interacted with people.
But as I grew up, I have realized that being shy and interacting with people like this was really working against me. For instance, I think that a lot of people thought that I was a jerk because I just wouldn’t talk to them. But the truth is, I was just too shy to say anything. Even though I wanted to talk to them, I guess I was just afraid of what they might think of me.
But I realized that in life, you have to get out and meet new people and just be yourself. If you never say anything to anybody, then people are going to assume that you don’t want to talk to anybody and will not be interested in being around you. It took me a long time to learn this but I guess it’s better late than never. You only live once so it’s best to meet as many people as you can and enjoy their company. Don’t be so shy! Haha