Jamie Ridler Studios asks today: What do you wish to embrace?
I wish to embrace my shyness. Wait a minute – aren’t I struggling to overcome social anxiety, sometimes called shyness? I think shyness is a little different, so I want to get over the anxiety, but become ‘successfully shy’.
A successfully shy person doesn’t stay away from people because she is afraid. She goes among people, and talks, but when she stops wanting to talk, is OK with being quiet. A successfully shy person will warm up to people slowly, but allows the warming up to take place.
Shy can mean observant, thoughtful and kind. Shyness doesn’t run roughshod over others, shouting ‘me me me’. Shy is out there, quietly, observing and taking part.
Today I embrace my shyness.