SHYNESS affects millions of people on a daily basis. Some people, the lucky ones, grow out of it. But unfortunately for others, shyness is something that never seems to go away. It’s not a nice feeling. Trust me, I know, as I’ve suffered with it from a very early age.
The thing with me is, what you see isn’t what you get. I’m not what someone would call an open book. I’m far from that. To me the thought of making conversation with a complete stranger unnerved me. I would become very tense and the shyness would spring up as soon as I opened my mouth. I hated making eye contact with a person I didn’t know.
I was self-consciously shy. I was obsessed, if not paranoid with what other people thought of me.
As someone who wants to become a journalist I needed to find a way to get my shyness under control. I needed to learn how to be a bit more extrovert.
In order to overcome any weakness, I had to have the desire to change and push my boundaries.
Ever since I got a part-time job at a restaurant nine months ago I’ve noticed a change in my personality.
I no longer dread the feeling of talking to someone. I don’t shy away when being spoken to. In fact I’m slowly beginning to feel less tense around others.
However, I wouldn’t say my shyness has gone completely. There are times when I don’t feel comfortable around some people and I still get paranoid from time to time.
I don’t think I’ll ever be as out-going as I’d like to be, but that is something I’m working on.